Nissan Honored by U.S. EPA for Second Consecutive Year

US EPA recognizes Nissan's environmental leadership for second year in a row.

Published: 01-Nov-2000

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second consecutive year, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. (NML) received top honors from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) as the recipient of the prestigious 2000 Climate Protection Award.

The individual award honors were given to Mr. Nobuo Okubo, executive vice president of NML and chairman of Nissan's Environmental Management Committee. He was given the award for his leadership in developing advanced vehicle technologies that have contributed to significant improvements in fuel economy of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles, climate protection and environment protection.

The U.S. EPA presented 19 awards at the 2000 Earth Technologies Forum in Washington. The awards recognize individuals and companies that demonstrate their commitment to the environment through exceptional leadership, personal dedication and technical achievements.

"I am honored to have been selected by the EPA and an international panel of judges to receive this award," said Okubo. "The award gives tremendous encouragement to the engineers and production teams to continue in their past- breaking efforts to address the environmental impact of transportation on climate change."

Nissan's most recent and significant environmental accomplishments include:

-- The first automobile manufacturer in the U.S. to install the equipment

for recovery of chlorofluorocarbons (CFC-12) refrigerants at all its

U.S. dealerships.

-- Among the first automakers worldwide to eliminate the use of CFCs as a

foaming and cleaning agent in manufacturing processes.

-- Nissan was the only automaker in 1997 to receive the EPA's "Best of

the Best" award for protecting the stratospheric ozone layer.

-- Nissan was the only automaker in 1999 to receive the EPA Climate

Protection Award for its leadership in global warming, HFC reduction

and fuel economy improvements.

-- Nissan was one of the first automakers in 1999 to demonstrate a fuel

cell vehicle with hydrogen supplied by an on-board methanol-reforming


-- Nissan is curbing HFC emissions in Japan where there is no government

regulation regarding HFCs.

-- The first automobile manufacturer in the world to introduce a

powertrain system combining direct-injection gasoline (DiG) engine

with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The DiG-CVT

technology was honored with the Energy Conservation Prize from the

director general of Japan's Agency of Natural Resources and Energy.

-- Development of the Nissan Sentra CA, a gasoline-fueled Super Ultra Low

Emission Vehicle (SULEV) which emits about one-fourth of the unburned

hydrocarbon and one-tenth of the oxides of nitrogen as the cleanest

gasoline-powered car now sold in California. The California Air

Resources Board certified the technologies used in the Sentra CA last


In North America, Nissan's operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan and Infiniti vehicles can be found online at or contact the corporate media line at 310/771-5631.

Note: For Nissan's additional environmental accomplishments, please reference the attached chart.

Contact: Terri Hines, Nissan Corporate Communications, (703) 456-2552

(Or visit the Nissan Online News Bureau at


1970s Environmental Management Department established in

Japan Corporate Environmental Management Rules developed

Establishment of an in-house waste treatment system in


1980s Promotion of the installation of facilities and equipment

for recycling waste into reusable resources

1981 March Presented with Chairman's Award by the Clean Japan Center

recognizing the Tochigi assembly plant's recycling efforts

1989 February CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) Committee formed with worldwide


November CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) Committee formed

with worldwide membership

1990 June Discontinuation of all use of CFC foaming agents

1991 June Commercialization of an ozone-safe air-conditioning system

December Nissan is the sole automaker to be presented with the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency's Stratospheric Ozone

Protection Award for introduction of vehicles with ozone-

safe air conditioning systems

1992 February Bumper recycling program begun in Europe and Japan

April Discontinuation of all CFCs in washing agents

May Electric Vehicle Committee established with worldwide


1993 February Environmental Management Committee established in Japan

October Nissan presented with Chairman's Award by the Recycling

Promotion Council recognizing Nissan's bumper recycling


December Cedric EV goes on sale in Japan

1994 May Commercialization of lean-burn engines

April Nissan received third Global Environmental Award by the

World Wide Fund for Nature Japan recognizing Nissan's

manufacturing plants' reduction and recycling of waste

into reusable resources

July Commercialization of non-CFC air conditioning retrofit


1995 March Discontinuation of all use of trichloroethane

June Establishment of worldwide Environmental Network Meeting

1996 May Recycling Promotion Department established

1997 February Launch of Prairie Joy EV in Japan

September Only automaker to receive the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency's "Best of the Best" award for efforts

to protect the stratospheric ozone layer

1998 January The Nissan Altra EV, the only electric vehicle with

lithium-ion batteries, is introduced.

June Commercialization of a direct-injection diesel engine

(NEO Di)

September Commercialization of a direct-injection gasoline engine

mated with HYPER CVT

1999 March Obtain ISO 14001 certification for product planning and

development process

April Hybrid gasoline-electric vehicle demonstration fleet

begins in Japan

May Fuel-cell vehicle demonstration fleet begins in Japan

September Only automaker to receive the U.S. Environmental

Protection Agency's 1999 Climate Protection award for its

leadership in global warming, HFC reduction and fuel

economy improvements

November California Air Resources Board certified the 1.8-liter

gasoline-fueled 2000 model year Sentra as the first Super

Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle.

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