President Obama has rejected the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. After a seven-year review, he says it would not be in America's interest to build the 1,179-mile pipeline to bring oil from Canada's tar sands to the Gulf of Mexico. He cites passing a bipartisan infrastructure bill as a better way to create jobs, says US gas prices are already falling, and that reducing reliance on fossil fuels is a better way toward energy security. "The industry can find a different way to move that oil," says Christine Tezak, energy market analyst at ClearView Energy Partners. "If prices go up, companies will get the oil out." Read more at The New York Times.
Chevrolet is donating a 2016 Volt to support For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST). Donations raised from the auction will help the organization bring student robotics projects to communities in need of greater science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education representation. "The Volt exemplifies technology, and behind the next-generation Chevrolet Volt is a diverse team of engineers who understand the power of science and math," says Chevrolet Marketing Director Steve Majoros. "FIRST brings science and math alive outside the classroom, just like we are bringing it alive on the road." Read more from Chevrolet.
Nissan has been ranked among the top five percent of global corporations in the Carbon Disclosure Project's (CDP) 2015 Climate Change Report. Nissan scored a perfect 100 points in CDP's Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Nissan's successful Leaf EV, as well as its efforts to reduce well-to-wheel CO2 emissions by 90 percent by 2050, earned the automaker its high marks. "Nissan is providing customers with innovative products and promoting effective use of energy and resource by increasing sourcing diversity, such as with renewable energy and recycled materials," says Nissan Corporate Vice President Joji Tagawa. "We will continue our activities to achieve our environmental philosophy of 'a Symbiosis of People, Vehicles and Nature.'" Read more in the press release below.
Highest ranked Japanese automotive company in the 2015 CDP Climate Change Report
YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. announced today that the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)* yesterday ranked the company among the top 5 percent of global corporations participating in the international NPO's climate change program and included Nissan on its 113 A-List. Nissan also scored a perfect 100 in the organization's Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Like last year, Nissan was the highest ranked automotive company in Japan.
CDP provides a global system for companies and cities to measure, disclose, manage and share vital environmental information. For the 2015 CDP Climate Change Report, their 13th such publication, the CDP collected and analyzed environmental strategies and CO2 emission-reduction efforts of more than 6,000 corporations.
Nissan received its perfect score in the CDLI by continuing to work towards its vision of reducing CO2 emissions (well-to-wheel) from new vehicles by 90 percent by the year 2050 (compared with levels from 2000), and transparently disclosing environmental information. Nissan was named on the Climate "A" List due to its sales of the world's top-selling zero-emission vehicle, the Nissan LEAF, and its implementation of such innovative initiatives as LEAF to Home, through which LEAF owners can use electric power from their vehicle to help cut energy use during peak hours in Japan. Nissan's efforts to reduce CO2 emissions within its manufacturing process were also noted.
Nissan Corporate Vice President Joji Tagawa, a head of Investor Relations, commented at the award ceremony: "We are honored to receive this score and ranking. Nissan is providing customers with innovative products and promoting effective use of energy and resource by increasing sourcing diversity, such as with renewable energy and recycled materials. We will continue our activities to achieve our environmental philosophy of 'a Symbiosis of People, Vehicles and Nature."
In June this year, Nissan announced its FY2014 achievements as part of the Nissan Green Program 2016. The company reported that by increasing energy efficiency at its factories and expanding the implementation of recyclable energy, along with other policies, its corporate carbon footprint was drastically reduced, resulting in a 22.6 percent reduction in CO2 emissions when compared to FY2005. This was achieved two years earlier than originally forecast.
Nissan is committed to minimizing CO2 emissions and realizing zero-emission mobility, led by the Nissan LEAF, as it aims to become the world-leader in realizing a sustainable mobility society.