23
MAY
2014
Renault-Nissan Alliance Team
 

Renault continues its active commitment to the Circular Economy

As part of its long-standing commitment to recycling car parts and materials, Renault recently organized a visit of the INDRA dismantling center in France with environmental partner Ellen MacArthur. Famed for her exploits as a trans-global yachtswoman, Ellen MacArthur has worked with Renault since 2007 to promote the circular economy – an economic model whereby resources are continually reused rather than discarded or wasted.

Inspired by the lifecycles of nature, the circular economy focuses on producing goods that can be reused, repaired or remanufactured – and therefore generate no waste. It's an approach that provides both ecological and economic benefits by reducing our reliance on natural resources and simultaneously helping to curb the rapid rise in commodity prices.

For Renault, the circular economy begins with eco-design. Vehicles are created to be 85% recyclable and 95% recoverable at end of life, and recycled materials are used as much as possible in manufacturing. In 2013, around 30% of the total mass of Renault's vehicles produced in Europe was made from recycled materials.

Renault has also made a significant investment in end-of-life vehicle (ELV) collection and processing. INDRA, a joint subsidiary with Sita/Suez Environnement, processed a quarter of all France's ELVs in 2012, while Renault's plant in Choisy-le-Roi near Paris reconditions 30,000 engines and 20,000 gearboxes annually.

Renault has long been a key player in the circular economy. In 2008, it was the first car manufacturer to make a capital-based commitment to recycling by establishing the subsidiary Renault Environment. Today, it continues to actively pursue this approach, notably through a close partnership with the Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

For more details on how the circular economy works, take a look at the press kit.

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