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Nissan Expands Its Green Manufacturing Footprint

The green energy program will be extended to the Cuernavaca Vehicle Assembly Plant and to the new Aguascalientes 2 assembly plant scheduled to open later this year.

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Energy conservationIn the U.S., Nissan is a leader in energy performance with three new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® accolades on the shelf, including the 2013 Partner of the Year -- Sustained Excellence Award, the highest honor given to select organizations that are dedicated to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

"Since becoming an ENERGY STAR partner in 2006, we have saved more than 800 billion BTUs (British thermal units) in our vehicle assembly process," said Bill Krueger, Nissan's senior vice president of Manufacturing, Purchasing, Production Engineering and Supply Chain Management. "That's enough energy to power the all-electric Nissan LEAF for more than 750 million miles."

This award closely follows two other ENERGY STAR achievements for Nissan's powertrain plant and vehicle assembly facilities.

Nissan's powertrain plant in Decherd, Tenn., recently achieved the EPA's ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry recognition for reducing the amount of energy needed to assemble engines by 7 percent in just 12 months by investing in more efficient equipment and establishing a compressed air leak reduction program.

Nissan's vehicle assembly plants in Smyrna, Tenn., and Canton, Miss., were recently awarded the ENERGY STAR Certification for the seventh year in a row, signifying Nissan's spot among the top 25 percent of the automotive manufacturing industry for superior energy management.

Nissan has implemented several energy-savings programs in recent years -- including a program to identify and repair air leaks in the Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant and the debut of a new and more efficient paint plant in Smyrna, which brought the plant above the 75th percentile in energy performance, according to ENERGY STAR metrics.

Nissan debuts efficient paint plant

With the recent additions of Infiniti QX60 and Nissan LEAF, and with production of Nissan Rogue on the way to the Nissan vehicle assembly plant in Smyrna, Tenn., the company has added its most advanced paint plant in the world that sets new standards for quality, efficiency and environmental impact. In fact, the new paint plant is capable of reducing energy consumption by 30 percent, carbon emissions by 30 percent and volatile organic compound (VOCs) emissions by 70 percent.

The plant uses an innovative three-wet paint process that applies all three paint layers in succession before the vehicle goes into the oven. Previous processes required a dehydration process to take place between the primer application and the topcoat layers. Implementation of this new technology reduces energy consumption, cost and emissions while increasing production efficiency.

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