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Renault outlines roadmap for carbon neutrality

Renault Group has announced measures it intends to take to achieve carbon neutrality in Europe in 2040 and worldwide in 2050, in a new report. 

The initiatives form Renault’s Renaulution strategic plan, which received the backing of the board of directors at its annual general meeting, held on April 23, 2021.

Renault Group said it is “ramping up efforts” to become carbon free with measurable targets for 2025 and 2030, outlined in its first climate report, 'On the road to carbon neautrality'. 

The report outlines the group’s ambition for carbon neutrality, with key actions and commitment milestones for 2025/2030. It applies guidelines issued by the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD).

In the report, Renault has committed to reducing its procurement carbon footprint by focusing efforts on six components (steel, aluminium, polymers, electronics, tires, and glass) that currently account for 90% of the procurement carbon footprint.

As a result, carbon pricing will be put in place to encourage the ecosystem to produce more sustainably, said the group. By 2030, the group is aiming to reduce the carbon footprint associated with its purchases by 30% (as CO2 per kg of material).

Assembled in France with carbon free energy, the 2025 roll out of the R5 will include more sustainable batteries that boast a reduced carbon footprint of at least 20% (compared to ZOE in 2020), according to Renault.

The group said it is working to secure a responsible and sustainable supply of minerals.

On the manufacturing side, the group aims to reduce emissions from facilities by 50% worldwide (compared to 2019).

To reach this target, the company will invest €20 million in its industrial facilities, generating up to €90 million in savings, through reduced energy bills and avoided penalties for excess emissions.

Electro-Northpole facilities will be carbon neutral by 2025, with remaining facilities in Europe following suit by 2030.

Vehicle dismantling and part recycling – including batteries – at the Re-Factory in Flins and Renault Environment subsidiaries will generate more than €1 billion in sales by 2030, said the group.

Renault Group announced it was overhauling its Flins vehicle factory in France to focus on the circular economy and have a negative CO2 balance by 2030.

As, well as the ambition to achieve carbon neautrality, the Smart Transport member has also committed to electric vehicles (EVs) accounting for 65% of sales by 2025 and 90% in 2030 for the Renault brand in Europe.

Renault Group recently joined a new consortium, Software Republique, that is aiming to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for cities and citizens.

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, said: "We consider our environmental and societal responsibility as one of the chapters of Renaulution.

“Our commitments to reduce our carbon footprint, to the safety of people who use our vehicles and of employees in the workplace, and on inclusion meet our strategic challenges and support value creation.

“Developed with the company’s teams, and according to our values of innovation and solidarity, this action plan is supported by a group of executive committee members and will be fully integrated into our activities. These commitments embody our purpose while contributing to the group’s transformation.”

During the annual general meeting, the group presented its 'purpose' to its shareholders and said it will create a 'purpose committee' by the end of the year.

The committee will be made up of international figures from a range of backgrounds and fields of expertise to provide the board of directors with analysis and recommendations on the group's strategy, the group said.

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