Bandeau environment

Respect for the environment

Even though the world has become aware of the scope of our environmental challenges, action still urgently needs to be taken. That’s why Groupe Renault, in collaboration with stakeholders, implements a voluntary environmental strategy. Our goal is to be at the centre of the action. It’s a daily responsibility based on innovation, in order to prepare for a better future.

From 2010 to 2016, Groupe Renault reduced its carbon footprint every year by 3.3% on average, exceeding its initial target of 3%*.

By 2022, we expect to reduce our carbon footprint by as much as 25% compared with 2010 levels.

*on average per year, per vehicle sold throughout the world

Carlos Ghosn
Chief Executive Officer, Groupe Renault

Jean-Philippe Hermine, VP, Strategic Environmental Planning, presents the 2017-2022 environmental strategy of Groupe Renault.

Identified challenges

Innovating to meet environmental challenges.

Groupe Renault is aware of the challenges and is using its DNA as an innovative generalist car manufacturer to build its environmental strategy. We advocate a model of sustainable mobility that’s broadly affordable and uses high-performance ecological processes.

Three environmental challenges…

  1. Fight against global warming: reduce greenhouse gases
  2. Preservation of natural resources: optimise their use and reuse
  3. Health, reduce polluting emissions

...and one closely related economic challenge: satisfy our customers and build sustainable, competitive business models

Global warming
Automotive sector key-figures

Target limit for global warming set by COP21 for 2100
Change in the number of private vehicles around the world by 2050
New vehicle CO2 emission reduction target between 2010 and 2050
WTW CO2 emissions (« from well to wheel »)

A single initiative



The visionary Groupe Renault has identified a number of disruptive strategic choices. Solutions that break from the norm, in order to rise to the challenges of tomorrow.

Transversal approach

Our approach is based on choosing transversal solutions to respond to all three environmental issues – climate, resources, and health – at the same time, and to promote concerted action among the various stakeholders to change the status quo.

To evaluate our efforts and continuously improve, we carry out Life-Cycle Analyses (LCA) for each of our models.
Discover the LCA of our models

Large-scale deployment

Each of our environmental solutions combines ecological efficiency and economic accessibility for a large-scale roll-out. Because, as we see it, innovation is only worth it if it’s shared by all.

Renewed ambition

In 2017, Groupe Renault launched Drive the Future, its ambitious new strategic plan based on the insights gained from its Drive the Change plan. What’s its goal? To remain a leader in sustainable mobility for all. How? With vehicles that are electric, connected, autonomous, and broadly affordable, and with efficient processes based on a circular economy.
Transversal approach
Large-scale deployment
Renewed ambition

Concrete solutions

Groupe Renault's strategic plan strengthens its position as a pioneer and leader in the realm of sustainable mobility for all.

Groupe Renault has set three leadership goals: electric vehicles, the circular economy and driverless vehicles. As well as a cross-functional performance indicator: the reduction of its carbon footprint. These ambitions will be achieved by the Drive the Future plan, in 2022.

Electric vehicle

Groupe Renault considers electric vehicles the best global solution to the challenges of the environment and sustainable mobility for all. Already a pioneer and leader in electric vehicle sales in Europe, with the best supply in price and autonomy, Renault isn’t stopping there. Our new goals: to increase supply and accelerate the construction of a dedicated ecosystem.

Circular economy

For Groupe Renault, the circular economy is both the environmental and the economical choice. It’s the only model capable of bringing raw material consumption under control and having a positive impact on resource, climate, and air quality challenges. A pioneer and leader in the industrialisation of the circular economy in the automotive sector, Renault wants to go further: specifically, by increasing the number of reused parts for automotive needs.

New mobilities

Already invested in new mobilities services, Groupe Renault wants to strengthen its position in this field. It even aims to be a leader in autonomous, driverless vehicles, also called “robot vehicles”. Traffic flow, better road safety, reduced air pollution... We’re committed to developing new modes of transport, which will transform urban mobility.


Groupe Renault was the first car manufacturer to set a public, quantifiable carbon footprint reduction goal. The calculation methodology of this key-indicator is available in the group’s registration document. By 2016, we had already reduced our carbon footprint by 18.2%. Our next step is to bring that number to 25% by 2022. We will consequently continue to make a positive contribution to decarbonising the automobile industry, which is vital to meet the COP21 commitments.


In 2012 in Tangier, Groupe Renault unveiled the first car factory designed to have zero CO2 emissions and zero industrial effluents. Boilers fuelled by biomass have been installed on site. They produce thermal energy that’s CO2-neutral. Other electricity needs are provided by wind and hydro power.

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