Renault, the levers controlling the transformation of the automobile to respond to three environmental issues

Circular
economy

Human activity is rapidly depleting the planet’s natural resources, some of which are the product of millions of years of geological processes. This finding is not recent news. As early as 1995, Groupe Renault implemented solutions by integrating plastics from recycling into its vehicles.
In 2000, we started the circular economy in our activities, aiming to turn our waste into resources. This decision is at the heart of the levers controlling the transformation of the automobile to respond to three environmental issues.
turning waste into a resource

Turning waste into a resource

Before being a philosophy, the circular economy was first and foremost a new economic model that Groupe Renault promoted with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. A new way of approaching the life cycle of vehicles by extending the life of its components and materials.

An endless loop

Today, automotive vehicles are made up of more than 85% of metals and plastics. Hence the importance of reusing as much of these materials as possible rather than throwing them away.

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Now

Renault and the major issues of the circular economy

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What Groupe Renault is doing to develop the circular economy:

Material loops

We recover the materials from vehicles at the end of their life and transform them to supply the production of new vehicles.

Groupe Renault recovers materials from vehicles at the end of their life
Groupe Renault recovers vehicles at the end of their life

Part loops

We recover vehicles at the end of their life and mechanical parts to repair in the commercial network, this prolongs the life of vehicles in circulation. With different components of broken engines, the Choisy site re-manufactures them to propose new engines using a standard exchange system. Workers at Indra dismantle vehicles to extract parts from end-of-life vehicles for use in vehicle repair.

The life cycle of the battery

When the battery is no longer usable, instead of discarding it and recycling it, a second life is given to it to store renewable energies to power buildings for example.

Groupe Renault gives a second life to batteries

Ready to take on new challenges!

Groupe Renault is a pioneer and leader in the circular economy in the automotive sector, thanks in particular to the industrial system implemented with its subsidiary Renault Environment, but Groupe Renault isn’t stopping there. Next step: adapting this approach in its activities

Our action plan

The circular economy, one of the levers of transformation for the automotive industry:

Develop mobility services

such as carpooling, car-sharing, short-term rental with Renault Mobility, ride-hailing services and by 2022 autonomous robot-vehicles. All these solutions optimize the usage rate of vehicles.
Find out more about our mobility solutions

Extend the life of products with:

  • the use of re-use parts in vehicle repair.
  • the development of new services for second life electric batteries.

Increase the economic potential of the group’s circular activities

by EUR 100 million by 2022. The turnover of industrial activities today amounts to EUR 500 million per year.

Promote recycling and the circular economy with:

  • the creation and development of material loops
  • the increase in the use of recycled materials in the production of our vehicles.

More recycled plastics

Groupe Renault has signed the French government’s Circular Economy Roadmap, which focuses on moving towards a 100% plastic recycling rate in France by 2025.

As a carmaker, we must limit the environmental footprint of our products and activities as much as possible in order to address the issues of global warming, air quality and the increasing scarcity of natural resources. It is with this in mind that via our automobile business, we have just given the French government reaffirmation of our goal to increase our overall use of recycled plastics by 50% from 2013, or 64,000 tons for all of Groupe Renault

Jean-Denis Curt
Head of the Circular Economy Division at Groupe Renault
our subsidiaries, players for change

Our subsidiaries, players for change

We are the first carmaker to make a capital-based commitment to the circular economy, through our Renault Environment subsidiary. It coordinates a large part of our circular activities via 3 subsidiaries.

Indra

a joint venture with Suez Environment, a key player in the recycling of End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) in France with a network of 400 auto wreckers. In 2017, 350,000 ELVs were handled.

Boone Conemor

also in joint venture with Suez, which manages the metal scrap on the Renault sites.

GAÏA

a wholly-owned Renault subsidiary, interacts with various players in the circular economy. Its mission? Make suppliers of materials and parts for the automotive sector recycling subsidiaries (Renault and supplier production sites, repair shops, etc.)

Waste recovery in our factories

Groupe Renault, always operating according to this logic of circular economy, does everything to minimize the environmental impact of industrial waste. The proof lies in these 5 examples around the world.

Renault collects and regenerates used machining oils from several French factories for use in its own machining processes for mechanical parts to replace new oils

The Cléon plant in France

collects and regenerates used machining oils from several French factories for use in its own machining processes for mechanical parts to replace new oils.

Renault has internally recycled its paint solvents since 2014

The Medellin plant in Colombia

has internally recycled its paint solvents since 2014.

Renault created an internal catalog of packaging in good condition to allow their reuse in large quantities

The Curitiba plant in Brazil

in 2016 created an internal catalog of packaging in good condition to allow their reuse in large quantities.

Renault uses the ashes of its biomass heating systems

The Tangier plant in Morocco

uses the ashes of its biomass heating systems (nearly 1,100 tons in 2017) in the composition of certified biofertilizers used in organic farming.

Renault recycles its sludge from purification and phosphating plants in the cement industry

The Busan plant in South Korea

recycles its sludge from purification and phosphating plants in the cement industry.

 
Groupe Renault joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010 as a founding partner

A history of partnership

Groupe Renault joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2010 as a founding partner. An influential organization that aims to promote the circular economy, advising and supporting businesses and governments in particular. This innovative partnership has a very specific purpose: to preserve natural resources and secure our long-term future. A transition that goes through the the circular economy and functionality.

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