Nissan signs up to UN-backed Race to Zero


Japanese carmaker Nissan announced that it has joined the Race to Zero campaign, which is supported by the United Nations.

The company is the first Japanese carmaker to join the campaign, and the move accelerates its electrification and carbon neutrality goals.

Nissan also signed the campaign’s 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. In addition, Nissan has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a requirement for participation in the campaign. Nissan’s well below 2°C carbon reduction targets have been validated by the SBTi, ensuring that they are aligned to climate science.

“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 realize a sustainable society,” said Nissan President and CEO Makoto Uchida.

“To accelerate global efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, Nissan will continue to address various issues in a responsible manner, including further promotion of electrification. Also at Nissan, we are determined to fulfil our role as a company that will continue to be needed by our stakeholders in the future.”

Earlier this year, Nissan pledged to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050. The company 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.

The author - Ali Sheridan - is a sustainability and climate adviser and lecturer – and PhD candidate at Maynooth University