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Nissan first Japanese carmaker to join ‘Race to Zero’ campaign

YOKOHAMA, Japan, August 30, 2021

Nissan has announced that it has joined the Race to Zero campaign supported by the United Nations, accelerating the Japanese automaker’s full electrification and carbon neutrality goals.
 
As the first Japanese automaker to join the campaign, the company also signed the Business Ambition for 1.5°C commitment, aligning Nissan with the goal to keep global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. 
 
Nissan has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a requirement for participation in the campaign. It's below 2°C carbon reduction targets have been validated by the SBTi, ensuring that they are aligned to climate science, according to a company statement.
 
President and CEO Makoto Uchida said: “Through joining the SBTi and participating in these campaigns, we are renewing our determination to work with like-minded companies and local governments around the world to solve the challenges of climate change and realise a sustainable society.
 
“To accelerate global efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, we will continue to address various issues in a responsible manner, including further promotion of electrification.”
 
In 2010, Nissan launched the LEAF, the first mass-market electric vehicle, and, through new all-electric vehicles and electrified technologies rolling out zero emissions driving and zero emissions power.
 
Earlier this year the company pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the life cycle of its products by 2050. It is looking to accelerate these efforts through initiatives like Nissan EV36Zero – the new manufacturing blueprint combining electric vehicle production, battery manufacturing and renewable energy generation.
 
SBTi Managing Director and Co-Founder Alberto Carrillo Pineda said: “Bold and urgent action is needed to limit the worst effects of climate breakdown and unlock a sustainable future for us all. 
 
"As the first Japanese automaker to commit to the Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, Nissan is joining more than 700 companies worldwide in working towards the most ambitious and robust science-based emissions reduction targets.”
 
COP26 (UN Climate Change Conference) President-designate Alok Sharma said: “It is fantastic to see Nissan join the Race to Zero. They are the first Japanese vehicle manufacturer to sign up and through their manufacturing of batteries in North East England for electric cars, are demonstrating real leadership in the transition to net zero across the UK."-TradeArabia News Service



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