Nissan donated an electric Nissan LEAF to the Vatican during a party in the small state of Ultrivire. Cardinal Giuseppe Bertello, President of the Prefecture of Vatican State, presided over the handover ceremony in the presence of Marco Toro, CEO of Nissan Italia; Sally Axworthy, British Ambassador to the Holy See. Seiji Okada, Ambassador of Japan to the Holy See. Join the Nissan Sunderland Factory via video link.
The Nissan Leaf was produced in Sunderland in the North East of England. “Nissan is committed to producing cars sustainably – the production of the Nissan Leaf as well as the car itself is expected to achieve net zero emissions within two years,” a statement said. Sally Axworthy, British Ambassador to the Holy See, said: “The switch to electric vehicles will be an essential part of our collective effort to keep global temperature rise below 1.5 degrees.
In the year that the UK hosts the COP26 Climate Summit, I am really pleased that the Vatican is renewing its fleet of vehicles with the help of Nissan. This is a great example for all of us. He added that the UK is committed to net zero by 2050 and will end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars in the UK by 2030. Car production in Sunderland shows how technology can deliver sustainable economic growth and decent employment.
Seiji Okada, Ambassador of Japan to the Holy See, in turn, explained: “Japanese Prime Minister Suga stated that Japan aims to achieve a carbon-neutral society by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero by 2050 and that the Government of Japan will work on the use of carbon-free energy sources. Carbon, like renewable energy.
But he added that “global decarbonization cannot be achieved through the efforts of one country, it is a challenge that requires the entire international community to work in one.” “As Pope Francis has called for urgent action on the changes – he concluded – it is particularly important that the Vatican will gradually replace its service vehicles with an all-electric fleet, setting an example for all other countries in the world. The contribution of companies such as Nissan will be essential to achieving this goal.” .
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