Back names Nissan as a Green Hero in its 2022 awards

7th April 2022

Nissan has received a Green Hero Award from motoring website in honour of its pioneering investment in zero emission vehicles and plans for sustainable electric vehicle manufacturing.

The honour recognises Nissan’s roadmap to carbon neutrality, its £1bn UK investment in sustainable EV production technologies, as well as the global success of its ground-breaking LEAF – the world’s first mass market electric vehicle when it was launched in 2010.

A five-strong team of judges ranked Nissan as the best performing EV brand, noting its “long history of pioneering in the field of electric vehicles” and a “joined-up approach to manufacturing which showed real depth of thought into reducing impact on the environment” on a global and local scale.

Examples of positive action included Nissan’s long-established solar and wind farms, recycling initiatives and the shorter supply chains brought by local production. It was also noted that its recently announced EV36Zero plans are already becoming a reality, rather than existing only on paper. Work has already started on a second solar farm at the plant.  The 20MW solar farm would allow Nissan to use green energy to build one in every five cars in Sunderland, with 20% of the plant’s energy coming from the onsite solar and wind farm.

Kevin Fitzpatrick, SVP for Manufacturing and Supply Chain Management at Nissan Europe, said: “We are delighted to receive this award for our pioneering work with electric vehicles since 2010, including the Nissan LEAF, which is proudly built by our manufacturing team here in the UK. 

“As our recent EV36Zero announcements show, Nissan is investing £1bn into sustainable and future-proof manufacturing in Sunderland as part of a global plan to achieve carbon neutrality across its operations and the lifecycle of its products by 2050. 

“We would like to thank the team for this award and all the great work that they are doing to advance awareness and importance of sustainability in the automotive industry.”

The awards committee consists of:

  • Ginny Buckley, Founder and CEO of
  • Charlie Simpson, UK Future Mobility Lead, Advanced Manufacturing and Mobility, Ernst & Young
  • Dr Andy Palmer, Executive Vice Chairman & CEO Switch Mobility, Chairman Inobat
  • Tom Barnard, Editor-in-chief,
  • Laura Leyland, Head of Department for Engineering at Birmingham City University

Judges assessed evidence provided by all manufacturers currently offering electric cars in the UK, and determined their success against a number of criteria. These included moves towards carbon-neutral manufacturing, efforts to reduce use of rare-earth metals, recyclability and use of recycled materials, auditing of supply chains, and work to improve vehicle logistics efficiency.

Ginny Buckley, Founder and CEO of, said: "Nissan was a trailblazer with its electric cars and is now at the forefront of moving to sustainable production. From the food we buy to the cars we drive, consumers are becoming more aware of their carbon footprint with research showing that two out of three people are concerned about the environmental impact of how their car was made. Our Green Hero award will help car buyers looking for clarity in this area and shine a light on the work Nissan is doing."

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