Renault have announced that they achieved an automotive industry first by cutting their carbon footprint by 10 per cent in just three years.
The company announced its environmental policy and determination to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 and aims to make an additional six per cent cut by 2016.
In total, the reduction in Renault’s carbon footprint between 2010 and 2013 prevented the emission of 5.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide, roughly the equivalent of the annual emissions of roughly 600,000 Europeans, or the population of a city the size of Nantes, the sixth largest city in France.
Today is World Environment Day
The news coincides with World Environment Day and places Renault as the leading automotive company in Europe for low carbon dioxide emissions), with less than 115g/km.
Efforts made by the French carmaker include working with suppliers and recycling companies to increase their use of recycled materials and avoid emissions linked to extraction and production, making the French automaker a leader in the use of recycled plastics at an average rate of 11 per cent.
According to Renault, a reduction in carbon dioxide emissions is being made across the board, with energy consumption cut in plants, which has seen the Tangiers plant in Morocco designed as the first zero carbon emissions site, a reduction in the number of trucks chartered and even the introduction of more energy-efficient IT equipment.
Additionally, the company has even gone so far as to limit the professional travel of its employees in an effort to encourage eco-friendliness and has place a large emphasis on employees working from home. In France, 1,500 employees work from home and in 2013 alone, this policy reduced professional travel by 8.2 million kilometres, preventing the emission of 1,200 tonnes of CO2.
Reduction of CO2 emissions is a priority for Renualt
Renault has led an environmental policy applying to all its business lines for nearly 20 years and has long been at the forefront of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
As early as 2005, the reduction of CO2 emissions was made a priority objective and in May 2007, Renault was the first carmaker to launch an environmental signature, Renault eco2, applying to its entire range and addressing the main phases in the vehicle life cycle.
To date, Renault is also the only carmaker to market a complete range of four completely electric cars at prices close to those of regular petrol or diesel-fuelled models.
The electric lineup include the Renault Kangoo Z.E. van, RSM SM3 Z.E., the Renault Twizy and the all-electric hatchback the ZOE, which is due to begin a 2,000 mile eco-friendly tour of the UK next week.