Nissan LEAFs Eliminate 50 Million KG of CO2 Emissions in Europe

JUL 4 2015 BY MARK KANE 11

Nissan LEAF

Nissan LEAF

Nissan announced that thanks to its LEAF electric cars, it eliminated the release of 50 million kg of CO2 emissions in Europe.

On average that would be some 1,200 kg of CO2 per car, as there are more than 41,100 LEAFs already sold in Europe.

“As Nissan unveils its Global Green Program 2016, the company highlights the crucial role of electric vehicles in emissions reduction and protecting the cities environment and life quality. Following the data collected by the car manufacturer they showed that the 41,100 pure electric Nissan LEAFs driven in Europe have already prevented the emission of just under 50 million kg of CO2 into the atmosphere*.

Based on current growth figures, it is estimated that by 2050 there will be 2.5 billion vehicles in the world, far outstripping today’s 1 billion. So with CO2 emissions that are currently estimated at 600 million tons worldwide, transport will have an increasingly prominent role in shaping cities.”

“* Total figures based on Nissan’s Global Data Center (GDC) to 31/0515/2015 (UTC). The distance and the amount of CO2 are only collected from those Nissan LEAF registered in the CarWings system, which account for approximately 52% of total global sales (average projection).”

Nissan thinks that one car could offset more than 2,000 kg of CO2 per year, but that all depends on mileage and energy source.

“Figures from the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) suggest that putting 1,000 electric vehicles on a city’s streets would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 30,000 kg and CO2 emissions by over 2,000 tons per year. Furthermore, it would also significantly reduce noise pollution levels as the Nissan’s zero-emission vehicles, the LEAF and the e-NV200, makes less noise than a 26-decibel ceiling fan.”

Paul Willcox, Chairman for Nissan Europe said:

“With our Global Green Program, Nissan is leading by example. In the last fiscal year, we proposed solutions to reduce CO2 emissions by 50,000 tons. It really is possible to put in place efficient and sustainable mobility models which prevent pollutant emissions, protect the environment and also meet the individual, collective and business transport needs of today’s society.”

“As a result, Europe’s best-selling pure-electric vehicle, the Nissan LEAF and the e-NV200, our zero-emissions van which can be used by a wide range of businesses, offers a fantastic option for people across Europe”

There is also video on the topic:

To celebrate Bristol, Europe’s Green Capital 2015, Nissan took a tour of the city recently in a Nissan LEAF, highlighting the city’s green credentials and how vehicles like the Nissan LEAF can make a huge contribution to ‘green-ing’ cities across Europe. The video of the tour can be seen here.”

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11 Comments on "Nissan LEAFs Eliminate 50 Million KG of CO2 Emissions in Europe"

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You have to know that e.g. in France IIRC >75% of the electricity is produced in CO2-free nuclear power plants. So what about the nuclear waste?


It’s silly to claim that nuclear is CO2 free!

While nuclear can be CO2 free during power production bulding such imense structures DO produce quite a lot of CO2 in the first place!

CO2 from construction is peanuts compared to the power produced. Here’s one calculation I googled:
0.001 kgCO2/kWh.

That’s effectively CO2 free. Wind farm construction needs far more concrete & steel than a nuclear plant, and solar panel production releases more CO2 as well.

Even uranium mining and nuclear waste are tiny problems compared to the CO2 they offset. Nuclear currently has only one major problem: Cost.

Hopefully the new molten salt designs pan out. Otherwise, new nuclear is basically dead.

Mining uranium, it takes 11 years to go carbon negative from the mining.

France reprocesses the nuclear waste into more nuclear fuel. The process is quite efficient and results in only about 4% waste in the end.

We cut CO2 emissions by 4 metric tons per year (4,000 kg) since parking the 19 MPG (city) minivan and driving the Leaf. It’s an S model, so it’s not accounted for by Nissan as there is no Carwings. 4 tons is app. 20% reduction in our total household CO2 emissions, which I estimate at 6 metric tons/person/yr. in our 3 member USA household.

Just fantastic, plain and obvious benefits to ev’s in the eu. CO2 is just one benefit. The WHO estimate 30,000 Britons a year die from urban pollution, that’s more than 10 x as many as involved in road accidents. There are clear social, economic and plain common sense reasons for maximising the use of ev’s in the eu. I think the banning of ice vehicles from urban centres can’t come soon enough.

CO2 is a very beneficial trace gas, critical to life on our planet. It has nothing substantial to do with global warming. CO2 is no reason to buy an electric car. The earth is greening, proven by satellite, very likely enhanced by increasing CO2. Global crop yields are at record levels likely enhanced by increasing CO2. Don’t be naive and buy the harum-scarum junk science.

The physical properties of co2, the heat trapping property has been know for 200 years.

The planet is now in a global drought, with the US west coast taking a beating, and AGRICULTURAL beating.

Get your GED, and stop being the gullible Republican.

Not sure if it’s possible to change your mind, since you’re already trolling environmental sites in your crusade to dispel what you think of as myths, but it’s also worth noting that I used to do the same thing when I was quite a lot younger and stupider. So I’m living proof that minds *can* change.

Plus, maybe someone else will see these links and be more convinced.

So, here we go:


The problem I have with this little statistic is that progress is measured in Kilograms while the problem is measured in gigatonnes. You might as well be measuring it in grams if you’re going to play that game.

This is 50,000 tonnes of CO2 (I love the metric system, it’s so easy to make these conversions), in an area where cars produce millions of tonnes of CO2.

I hope to see this statistic grow to millions of tonnes of CO2 saved though.