Nissan's cost-neutral environmental improvements

An award-winning environmental programme at Nissan's Sunderland car plant is saving the company £260,000 per year. The proceeds are being ploughed back into other environmental improvements with poorer pay-backs.

The programme began when Nissan took on production of the Micra car at its Sunderland works. In order to maintain profitability and keep the price of the Micra as low as possible, it had to operate at no net costs beyond those normally associated with environmental protection.

However, Nissan decided that cash saved by one environmental initiative could be redeployed to pay for others, and it was this innovative feature and the achievemen

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