Citroen’s green credentials win the Gold

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Citroen has been awarded a Gold trophy for its efforts to improve its eco credentials at this year’s International Green Apple Awards.

The top award in the Automotive Industries category for Environmental Best Practice, the Gold trophy recognises Citroen’s commitment to minimising its environmental impact.

Impressing the Green Apple judges by improving the eco-friendliness of its cars, vans and manufacturing methods, Citroen’s green philosophy also extends to recycling and waste disposal.

High standard of nominees

Roger Wolens, managing director of The Green Organisation, said: “The standard of entries for these awards has never been higher, so Citroën’s achievement is that much greater.

“The manufacturer’s holistic approach to green manufacturing is evident in the range of green initiatives it has undertaken.”

He added: “Citroën’s continuous improvement process has achieved significant reductions in energy usage, both in the manufacturing process and on the road.”

According to the manufacturer, its environment-friendliness starts from the initial design of its models before they even leave the drawing board.

Designed specifically to be aerodynamic and easy on fuel, once the designs are signed off their manufactured using the latest in energy efficient production facilities.

As well as that, the company has increased the use of the latest lightweight materials and increased use of sustainable supplies to save weight without compromising strength.

Citroen make huge reductions in energy usage

Energy usage has been significantly reduced by around a third, while water consumption per vehicle manufactured has been reduced by nearly two thirds.

Citroen claims that the sum of all of this results in vastly improved efficiency minimised emissions and up to 95 per cent end of life recyclability.

Jeremy Smith, Citroen’s head of commercial vehicles and business operations, said: “Our success in this category reflects the dedication of our research and development staff to make our vehicles even greener.

“To succeed, when organisers say entries have never reached such a high standard, is an even greater achievement.”

This is the third accolade for eco-friendliness that the French marque has received within a week after the company won two awards at this year’s GreenFleet Awards in Birmingham.

Receiving the GreenFleet City Car Manufacturer of the Year Award, as well as the GreenFleet LCV Manufacturer of the Year Award, Citroen was also highly commended in the Fleet Manufacturer category.