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Climate Change

Nissan unveils road map to zero-carbon factories by 2050

Global plants to be powered by renewables and clean energy

A Nissan assembly plant in Tochigi Prefecture, Japan. The site is switching to fuel cells for its power needs. (Photo courtesy of Nissan Motor)

TOKYO -- Nissan Motor aims to eliminate carbon dioxide emissions from global manufacturing sites by midcentury, switching to all-electric equipment powered by environmentally friendly sources, under plans detailed Friday.

"In 2050, the power that factories use will be essentially be electrified, and the sources of the energy will all be shifted to renewable energy and alternative fuels," Executive Vice President Hideyuki Sakamoto told reporters at the automaker's Tochigi plant, north of Tokyo, at an event to promote a smart-factory production line.

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