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Nissan to start transitioning to low-carbon-emission aluminum

As one of its initiatives for carbon neutrality

The production of aluminum is one of the biggest contributors of carbon emissions in vehicle manufacturing. PHOTO FROM NISSAN

Automotive companies are finding multiple approaches to carbon neutrality—whether it’s reducing it in the vehicles by entirely preventing emissions via electrification, or reducing it in the supply chain or manufacturing stages.

Nissan has recently announced that it will utilize low-carbon-emission aluminum parts in new and current models from 2024 onward.

It will utilize green aluminum, which is processed via non-fossil fuel-derived electricity to help reduce carbon emissions during production by at least 50%. When thrown into the mix, recycled aluminum can also help largely reduce carbon emissions by approximately 95%.

Currently, Nissan has been using low-carbon-emission aluminum sheets for vehicle panels from UACJ Corporation and Kobe Steel. Moving forward, this will extend to all aluminum parts to further reduce carbon emissions from parts that require the metal.

Come 2027, low-carbon-emission aluminum will be used on all new models to help ease the company into a full transition for all models by 2030.

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