This marks the fourth consecutive year that Nissan has been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its continued commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving energy management.
"Since Nissan became an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, we have made continual improvements to our operations, which has helped us reduce both our environmental footprint and manufacturing costs," said John Martin, senior vice president, Manufacturing, Supply Chain Management and Purchasing. "In 2014, those improvements reduced the amount of energy required to build vehicles by 13 percent—that's the same amount of energy it would take to power more than 5,400 homes for an entire year."
"Our commitment to the environment doesn't stop with changes to our own operations, but we also go out in the community to help others identify ways to save energy," said Martin. "We work with schools in middle Tennessee and central Mississippi to help them reach their energy savings goals. Since this initiative began in 2012, we've helped about 30 schools make the esteemed ENERGY STAR certification list."
Nissan manufacturing operations in the U.S. include the Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, which produced more vehicles than any other automotive plant in North America in 2014. This facility and Nissan's plant in Canton, Mississippi, also were recently awarded the ENERGY STAR Certification for the ninth year in a row, signifying Nissan's spot among the top 25 percent of the automotive manufacturing industry for superior energy management.
The prestigious 2015 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Awards are given to organizations to recognize their commitment to becoming more energy efficient. Nissan's work with the ENERGY STAR program 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 20.