Nissan

InfluenceMap Score
D+
Performance Band
55%
Organisation Score
53%
Relationship Score
Sector:
Automobiles
Head​quarters:
Yokohama, Japan
Brands and Associated Companies:
Infiniti, NISMO, Datsun
Official Web Site:
Wikipedia:

Climate Lobbying Overview: Nissan seems to take mixed positions on numerous climate policy strands globally in 2020-22. The company has mixed engagement on policies promoting the electrification of transport, and also appears to have opposed more stringent GHG standards for vehicles in the US. In addition, Nissan retains memberships to several obstructive trade associations in Japan and globally.

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Nissan has mostly positive top-line communications on climate policy. The company appeared to support efforts to keep global temperature rise below 1.5°C in its 2022 Sustainability report, in which it also expressed support for the goals of the Paris Agreement. Additionally, a September 2021 UK consultation response from Nissan appeared to support the UK's net zero 2050 target, while remaining unclear on whether it supports near-term action to achieve this goal.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Nissan appears to have mixed to negative engagement with climate-related regulations. In the United States, Nissan appears to have supported weaker federal GHG and CAFE standards for vehicles. A September 2021 US consultation response suggests that Nissan directly opposed higher-range GHG emission and CAFE standards, instead supporting only mid-range standards and calling for flexibilities to weaken the policy, including off-cycle credits. In October 2019, Nissan intervened as part of a coalition of automakers in a legal case to support the removal of California's ability to set its own stricter GHG emissions standards under the state’s Clean Air Act waiver, later withdrawing from this litigation in early 2021.

In a November 2021 New Zealand consultation response, Nissan appeared not to support higher proposed CO2 targets for light-duty vehicles included in New Zealand's Clean Car Bill. In Australia, a senior executive expressed support for mandated CO2 reduction targets for vehicles in an April 2021 ABC News report, calling for “clear and consistent direction from governments”.

Positioning on Energy Transition: While Nissan has stated top-line support for the electrification of transportation and for some electric vehicle incentive policies, it appears to have lobbied against ICE phase-out and ZEV mandate policies.

A September 2021 CNBC media report noted that Nissan appeared to oppose a proposed higher tax credit for union-made EVs in the US, though seemed to support the EV credits in general. Nissan’s CEO, Makoto Uchida, in a December 2021 interview with Automotive News, appeared to take a mixed position on the electrification of transportation, supporting different pathways for different regions and indicating an unclear position on hybrids and pure BEVs. Similarly, in a March 2022 interview with Automotive News, a senior Nissan executive appeared to express support for a long-term role for ICE-powered hybrid vehicles over BEVs in certain European regions. In addition, a September 2021 UK consultation response from Nissan appeared to oppose a UK ZEV mandate and advocated for a longer-term role for ICE-powered hybrids in the UK, while generally supporting incentives to promote PHEVs and BEVs in the country.

In its 2022 Sustainability Report, published in August 2022, Nissan stated its support for the electrification of road transport. In its 2021 CDP response, the company detailed how it has engaged with EU policymakers to support policies such as EV purchase incentives and the expansion of EV charging infrastructure. It has also expressed support for policies to promote EVs in the US, as indicated in a September 2021 consultation response.

On the Japan Climate Initiative website in June 2022, Nissan advocated for the need for stringent policy intervention to ensure the ramp up of renewables in the energy mix.

Industry Association Governance: Nissan does not appear to provide a disclosure of its trade association memberships on its website, nor through its 2021 CDP disclosure. The company has not completed an audit of its trade association memberships. Nissan is a member of several obstructive trade associations including the Japanese Automobile Manufacturers Association, where Nissan CEO, Uchida Makoto, is a vice chairman, Japan Business Federation (Keidanren), Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) and US-based Alliance for Automotive Innovation.

InfluenceMap collects and assesses evidence of corporate climate policy engagement on a weekly basis, depending on the availability of information from each specific data source (for more information see our methodology). While this analysis flows through to the company’s scores each week, the summary above is updated periodically. This summary was last updated in Q3 2022.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.