In Asia and Oceania, approximately 4 billion people – 92% of Asia and the Pacific’s population are exposed to air pollution levels that pose a significant health risk.
This was further highlighted with the launch of the world’s largest real-time air quality data bank in February 2020 under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), indicating that much of the region remains on “unhealthy” air quality levels. In fact, air pollution is now globally the 5th leading cause of death among all health risks and 9% of deaths are attributed to it.
To address this as part of the commitment to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Nissan, the pioneers in creating mass produced electric vehicle (EV) the Nissan Leaf, has collected analysis of the impact the vehicle has had worldwide since debut in 2010.
At the same time, there is compelling data to demonstrate how electric mobility can be part of solutions to address air pollution levels:
- Just one EV can save 4.6 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases each year, which is equivalent to planting 209 trees.
- To date 460,000+ global Nissan Leaf owners have contributed to:
- Around 2.1 million metric tonnes of CO2 saved. To put that in context, more than 81 million trees are needed to process that much CO2 in a year.
- Over 13 billion emission-free kilometers driven by Nissan Leaf owners – the distance of driving to the moon more than 33,800 times!
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With a 55% reduction in current CO2 emissions needed by 2030 to halt global warming, 2020 could be the catalyst year of change for consumers making choices, like switching to EVs, to have a direct impact on air pollution.