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The automotive industry is engaged in massive electrification today which, combined with the decarbonisation of power generation, will reduce the overall carbon footprint of vehicles by nearly two-thirds over the next few decades. 


A pioneer in electric mobility, Groupe Renault has set itself the goal of going further and achieving carbon neutrality by 2040 in Europe and by 2050 worldwide. Achieving this objective will require a profound change in the methods of production and use of the raw materials necessary for the manufacture of vehicles, which will represent the bulk of their residual carbon footprint as soon as the use phase is based on carbon-free energy.


The growing tensions over the availability and price of fossil and mineral materials only accentuate this requirement for material efficiency, essential for our industry. 


To meet this challenge, Renault can rely on more than 30 years of experience in the voluntary introduction of recycled materials into its vehicles and more than 10 years in the implementation of the circular economy at the different stages of the cycle of its vehicles, through its subsidiaries GAIA, INDRA and BCM (the latter two being held with Suez). 


Renault is now intensifying and diversifying its circular economy initiatives, such as its emblematic Re-Factory project aimed at making the Flins automobile plant the first and largest industrial complex dedicated to the economy. circular mobility around four poles:

  • Retrofit dedicated to reconditioning and extending the life of vehicles

  • Re-energy around green energy storage and management solutions

  • Re-Cycle dedicated to the efficient and circular use of materials through reuse and recycling

  • Re-Start aiming to promote innovation and the sharing of knowledge around the circular economy through a training campus, an incubator and an industrial innovation center.


The Group also places more than ever the use of recycled materials at the heart of the eco-design approach for its vehicles, favoring those from end-of-life products and in particular end-of-life vehicles.



Groupe Renault: Sophie Schmidtlin

Circular Economy and Sourcing

WMS2022-02 • Slides • FISITA World Mobility Summit 2022

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