The transport sector is responsible for 14% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Renault was the first carmaker to make a public environmental commitment to shrink its global carbon footprint. That commitment is a key focus in its ambitious environmental policy, underpinned by a global approach extending from vehicle design through to end of life.

Our environmental policy

All our environmental actions are consistent with a policy upheld by everyone at the company.

This policy makes the company more efficient and competitive through day-to-day environmental management in all its functions.

Renault pursues a policy since 1995 to reduce the environmental impact of its activities on the environment. This means, for example, taking into account the full life cycle of the vehicle from conception to recycling.

Our strategy: reduce our environmental footprint at all lifecycle management stages

Our aim today, as it has been for nearly 20 years, is to reduce our vehicles' environmental impact at each stage in the vehicle lifecycle.

  • Design. Environmental factors are taken into account from the moment the designers make their first sketches. Suppliers as well as designers are then involved at each stage to reduce the vehicle’s ecological impact over its life cycle.
  • Manufacturing. We rolled out an improvement process in 1998 to reduce the environmental impact of our production facilities. This has received ISO 14001 certification.

At our Chinese production site, 40% of the industrial effluent discharge is recycled for internal use

The group’s most recently built plant, opened in Wuhan, China in early 2016, exemplifies the group’s approach in production. Equipped with the latest technologies in energy efficiency – LED lighting, recovery of the thermal energy contained in air released into the atmosphere – the plant recycles 40% of its industrial effluent discharge for internal use and uses paints with mainly water-based solvents.

  • Utilization. Life cycle analyses show that more than 81% of the greenhouse gases in a vehicle’s life cycle are emitted during the utilization phase. In addition to actions taken to cut the fuel consumption of our vehicles, we are helping motorists adopt a more economical and ecological way of driving.
  • Renault also offers a full range of electric cars, emitting zero CO2 when driving. Renault sees electric power as the most environmentally sound automotive solution, and a viable countermeasure against climate change.
  • We are also working on the end-of-life phase of our vehicles, achieving a recycling rate of 95% so that materials and parts can be reused in the automotive industry. To find out more about the circular economy: link to the environment circular economy page.

ECO2 Driving program helps drivers reduce their impact

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Our eco-driving program, based on driving aids such as R-Link connected services plus driver training, gives drivers an active role in reducing their carbon footprint. On internal combustion vehicles, using all Renault’s Driving ECO2 systems can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 25% depending on driving conditions and the motorist’s usual driving style.


Our method: the LCA

What is life-cycle analysis ?

Life-Cycle Analysis, or LCA, is an international methodology, meeting the ISO 14040 standard, that measures the environmental footprint of products and services throughout their lives, starting with extraction of raw materials and proceeding through the manufacturing process through to marketing, use and end-of-life recycling.

We use LCA to measure our environmental progress from one vehicle generation to the next, and also to make sure that progress in one area does not result in a step back in another.

The environmental footprint of products and services in the automotive industry is measured through five major types of impact:

  • Acidification, i.e. an increase in acid substances in the atmosphere, resulting in acid rain and acidification of the oceans
  • Depletion of resources, such as minerals, water, and non-renewable energy sources (oil, coal)
  • Climate change, caused by greenhouse gas emissions and leading to extreme climatic events and an increase in seawater levels, for example
  • Production of photochemical ozone, a pollutant that can cause lung ailments, for example, when it peaks during the summer months
  • Eutrophication, i.e., the introduction of excessive quantities of nutrients in aquatic environments, causing a proliferation of algae, some of which is toxic and can asphyxiate aquatic animal life

 Life-cycle analysis between New Twingo vs Twingo II



Our results: a 17% reduction in our carbon footprint in Five years

Groupe Renault’s carbon footprint corresponds to the greenhouse gas emissions – primarily CO2 – generated by the life cycle of its vehicles (use, including the production of energy required for their operation and the provision of the materials used in their production) and by all its activities (design, production, transport, parts and vehicle sales, and all the company’s support functions).

For Renault, carbon footprint reduction is a key objective, integrated in its strategic plan.
Consequently, it constitutes an indicator of Groupe Renault performance, as well as a management tool for all the company’s business lines in favor of enhanced environmental respect.

At end-2015, Renault’s carbon footprint had been reduced by 17% compared with 2010.

Our objective is to shrink the carbon footprint of our vehicles from one generation to the next, through a process of continuous improvement.