Nissan transitions to low CO2 aluminium

Nissan to produce vehicles using low C02 aluminium going forward

Nissan have announced that they will progress to using low CO2 aluminium parts manufactured from green or recycled aluminium in new and current models starting this year and aim to make a full transition to the use of this material by 2030.

This decision was made due to the fact that aluminium accounts for approximately 10% of vehicle weight and with the utilisation of low CO2 aluminium, Nissan aims to take a significant step towards achieving carbon neutrality. Nissan aims to achieve carbon neutrality across its entire vehicle lifecycle by 2050.

Green aluminium is produced using non-fossil fuel-derived electricity and can reduce CO2 emissions during production by as much as 50%. Furthermore, recycled aluminium can reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 95%. 

To date Nissan has purchased low CO2 emission sheets for vehicles manufactured in Japan from companies such as Kobe Steel and UACJ Corporation. Going forward, Nissan will use low CO2 emission aluminium for all aluminium parts, including processed components, on all vehicles produced globally, in order to further reduce CO2 emissions.

All new Nissan models produced from 2027 will be built using low CO2 emission aluminium. Starting in 2024, Nissan vehicles will be produced with wheels, chassis parts, axle parts and harness wires made from green aluminium in Japan, the United States and Europe. As a result, by the end of this year, approximately 20% of the newly mined aluminium Nissan uses for the car parts procured in those markets will be replaced with green or recycled aluminium.

Nissan continues to place sustainability at the core of its business as it aims for a cleaner, safer and more inclusive world, as such Nissan will continue to accelerate its efforts towards realising a sustainable society.