Our environmental policy : reducing our environmental footprint
All our environmental actions are consistent with a policy upheld by everyone at the company.
This policy is the operational expression of our vision and determination to reduce our environmental footprint by focusing on five priorities :
- Climate change and energy efficiency
- Resources and the competitive circular economy
- Health and ecosystems,
- Innovative mobility systems
- Environmental management and transparency
The policy makes the company more efficient and competitive through day-to-day environmental management in all its functions
Our strategy: life-cycle management
Working on the five stages in the life cycle of our vehicles
Our aim today, as it has been for nearly 20 years, is to reduce the impact of our vehicles on the environment at each stage of their life
- 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 sites. The process has received ISO 14001 certification.
Our pilot production site: the Tangiers plant
The objective at the Tangiers plant, inaugurated in February 2012, is to have zero carbon emissions and zero industrial effluent discharges. In 2013, 25% of the water used in the manufacturing process was recycled from effluents. All the electricity supplied to the site is generated with renewable energies, and almost all the thermal energy comes from a biomass boiler. Some 17,200 metric tons of wood residue, olive pits, argan shells and almonds have been used as fuel. These two renewable energies have reduced CO2 emissions by more than 80,000 metric tons compared with an identical plant using natural gas.
- Utilization. Life cycle analyses show that more than 85% 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
Driving Eco 2 program helps drivers reduce their impact
Our eco-driving program, based on driving aids such as R-Link connected services as well as on training, gives drivers an active role in reducing their carbon footprint. On internal combustion vehicles, using all Renault’s Driving Eco 2 systems can reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 25% depending on driving conditions and the motorist’s usual driving style.
- We are also working on the end-of-life phase of our vehicles, achieving a recycling rate of 85% 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
Relying on an environmental network
To monitor the reduction of our vehicles’ environmental impact at every phase in their life cycle, we rely on a network extending to all functions of the company to ensure that the Group’s environmental policy is implemented in all activities..
Our method: the ACV
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, from the extraction of the raw materials and the manufacturing process to their 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 the 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
Our results: a 10% reduction in our carbon footprint per vehicle in three years
Our lead indicator is the carbon footprint, which corresponds to the potential warming of the climate through the emission of greenhouse gases (including CO2), taking into account the life-cycle phases of all our vehicles and the Group’s service activities per the number of vehicles sold. The unit of measure is CO2 tons equivalent (CO2Teq).
Our objective is to decrease the carbon footprint of our vehicles from one generation to the next in a process of continuous improvement.
For example, between Clio III and Clio IV diesel, the environmental impact decreased by between 18% and 24% depending on the impact considered.
ECO2, a new label for models that are more environment-friendly and more economical
Renault's commitment on sustainable transport for all dates back more than twenty years. In 2007, Renault was the first carmaker to launch a label —eco²— that would provide customers with at-a-glance identification of the vehicles with lower CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.
Renault is now announcing a new label under an ongoing policy on shrinking its environmental footprint. For reasons of consistency the name is the same, but for today's ECO2 label the criteria have been toughened up. The new ECO2 label is thus more meaningful to the motorist and closer in line with their demanding expectations. For each Renault model, the ECO2 label identifies a selection of versions per model having the lowest CO2 emissions levels.
The new ECO2 label illustrates Renault's continuous-progress drive on reducing CO2 emissions from its internal-combustion vehicles.
It also fits in with Renault's wide-reaching environment policy, which seeks a worldwide carbon-footprint reduction of 3% per year per vehicle sold on average, and steady reductions in environmental footprint for each successive generation of each model, across the whole vehicle lifecycle from the drawing board to the scrapyard.
Renault announces a new ECO2 label, based on more selective criteria than its predecessor.
ECO2 is stepping ahead! The ECO2 label expresses Renault's wish to offer the widest range of customers a selection of fuel-economical versions to both reduce its carbon footprint and be more frugal when it comes to the oil resource.
Jean-Philippe Hermine, director of the Groupe Renault Environment Plan
From June 2015, new Renault models in versions that meet the ECO2 selection criteria will bear a special badge on the body near the boot flap.