Big win for Nissan is a big win for the planet
-Nissan receives EPA's 2014 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award for third
year in a row-
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 7, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Air is free, right? Tell that
to the Nissan Energy Management Team who combed through countless miles of
tubing in the compressed air system in U.S. manufacturing facilities and
repaired enough leaks to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last year. "We
saved enough energy to power more than 700 homes for a year, offset the
greenhouse gas emissions of nearly 2,800 tons of landfill waste or better yet,
to drive the all-electric Nissan LEAF around the earth more than 40,000
times," said John Martin, Nissan's senior vice president, Manufacturing,
Supply Chain Management and Purchasing.
The Nissan Energy Management Team repaired enough compressed air system leaks
in U.S. manufacturing facilities to save 11,300 megawatt hours of energy last
year -- that's enough energy to power the all-electric Nissan LEAF around the
earth more than 40,000 times. It's projects like these that helped Nissan earn
the prestigious 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence
Award for the third consecutive year.
A common industrial challenge, the Nissan team estimated that more than 20
percent of compressed air used in manufacturing operations was wasted through
air leaks at Nissan's manufacturing facilities in Smyrna and Decherd, Tenn.,
and Canton, Miss. "Thanks to the hard work by our Energy Management Team, we
have implemented energy-reduction projects, like the air leak detection
program, that helped us earn the prestigious U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency 2014 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award for
the third consecutive year," Martin said.
The team even learned how to catch a ray of sunlight to use it for lighting in
the Nissan Decherd Powertrain Assembly Plant. This daylight harvesting
technique—along with new skylights—allows for more optimal lighting inside the
plant while using substantially less energy.
The Energy Management team also identified inefficiencies in Nissan's former
paint plant at its vehicle assembly facility in Smyrna, which led to the
installation of the company's most advanced paint plant in the world in early
2013. By using an innovative three-wet paint process that applies all three
paint layers in succession before the vehicle goes into the oven, the new
paint plant uses 30 percent less energy during the paint process.
Nissan's energy savings strategies don't stop at its own doorstep—it extends
lessons learned within its operations to the community by helping others
achieve their energy-savings goals. In fact, the team at the Nissan Canton
Vehicle Assembly Plant helped 14 Mississippi schools obtain ENERGY STAR
certification for their buildings, which led to a cost savings equal to 10
Nissan also hosted 10 organizations including other ENERGY STAR partners,
suppliers and local government officials at its Decherd, Tenn., facility where
leaders shared best practices for energy management. Through those
discussions, participants identified energy savings ideas that could
potentially save up to $1.5 million in energy costs.
"With major manufacturing operations in the Southeast and multiple R&D,
design, testing and distribution facilities across the country, we recognize
the importance of being environmental stewards within the community," said
Martin. "It's more than just a sustainability strategy; it makes good business
sense for Nissan—now and for the road ahead."
EPA's highest ENERGY STAR awards—the 2014 Partner of the Year - Sustained
Excellence Awards—are given to organizations to recognize their unwavering
commitment to becoming increasingly more energy efficient. Award winners are
selected from the 16,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR
program. Nissan's work with ENERGY STAR aligns with the company's
sustainability strategy, the Nissan Green Program, and its efforts to reduce
its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2016. Nissan's accomplishments will be
recognized at an event in Washington, D.C., on April 29.
About Nissan North America
In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering,
consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and
manufacturing. Nissan is dedicated to improving the environment under the
Nissan Green Program and has been recognized as an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the
Year in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 by the U.S Environmental Protection
Agency. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of
Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at www.NissanUSA.com
andwww.InfinitiUSA.com, or visit the Americas media sites NissanNews.com and
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan's second-largest automotive company, is
headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is part of the Renault-Nissan Alliance.
Operating with more than 236,000 employees globally, Nissan sold more than 4.9
million vehicles and generated revenue of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16
billion) in fiscal 2012. Nissan delivers a comprehensive range of over 60
models under the Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced the
Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, the
first mass-market, pure-electric vehicle launched globally, is now the
best-selling EV in history.
For more information on our products, services and commitment to sustainable
mobility, visit our website at http://www.nissan-global.com/EN/.
About ENERGY STAR
ENERGY STAR was introduced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1992
as a voluntary market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
through increased energy efficiency. Today, ENERGY STAR offers businesses and
consumers energy-efficient solutions to save energy, money, and help protect
the environment for future generations. 16,000 organizations are ENERGY STAR
partners committed to improving the energy efficiency of products, homes, and
buildings. For more information about ENERGY STAR, visit www.energystar.gov or
call toll-free 1-888-STAR-YES (1-888-782-7937).
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SOURCE Nissan North America
Contact: Paige Presley, Nissan Corporate Communications, (615) 725-6021,
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