Well, it's now four years later, and the industry has pushed beyond these standards, so Renault is changing how it certifies Eco2 vehicles. The changes aren't huge – the 140 gram level drops to 120 and the five percent number goes up to seven – but they do show that sitting still is as good as quitting when it comes to building fuel-efficient cars.
Renault eco2 vehicles meet three global environmental standards: they are produced in an ISO-14001-certified plant, their CO2 emissions do not exceed 140g/km (or are biofuel-compatible) and, in addition to being 95% reusable at the end of their life, at least 5% of the plastics they contain have been recycled.
May 10, 2011
Since 1995, Renault has pursued an environmental policy that seeks to factor in environmental impacts at each stage of a vehicle's life cycle.
The standard-bearer of this environmental drive is the full-electric vehicle, with a range of four cars set to enter the market by mid-2012.
* To mark the 4th year of its eco2 environmental signature, Renault is toughening up its vehicle qualifying criteria.
* Renault recently came top of the ranking of companies with the lowest CO2 emissions in the automotive sector compiled by British NGO the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO). Therefore, Renault carries on with its communication on "carbon footprint".
Tougher eco2 signature criteria
In addition to its commitment to offering a range of electric vehicles for all, Renault is looking to reduce the environmental impacts of its cars at each stage of their life cycle. To mark the 4th year of its eco2 environmental signature, the company is toughening up the selection criteria for its most ecological and economical vehicles. To make the grade, vehicles must now:
* be manufactured at an ISO 14001-certified plant;
* emit less than 120 g/km of CO2 (down from 140 g/km previously) or run on biofuels;
* contain at least 7% recycled plastic (up from 5% previously) and be designed so that 95% of their mass can be recovered at end-of-life.
Twingo dCi is the emblem of this environmental effort, with CO2 emissions in use reduced by more than 13% in two years, from 104 g/km to 90 g/km.
Ambitious carbon footprint target
A car's carbon footprint is the quantity of carbon emitted during each stage of its life cycle from extraction of raw materials to the end of its life.
As part of its Renault 2016 - Drive the Change strategic plan, Renault has committed to cutting its carbon footprint by 10% between now and 2013, plus a further 10% between 2013 and 2016.
Renault is constantly striving to reduce vehicle CO2 emissions: from 135 g/km today, its European range is expected to lower average emissions from 120 g/km in 2013 to less than 100 g/km in 2016.
Renault reaped the rewards of this pro-active policy in the recent carbon ranking established by British NGO the Environmental Investment Organisation (EIO), in which it came out top as the company in the automotive sector emitting the least CO2 in Europe.
Renault also won a prize in the production category at the Sustainable Energy Awards for its plant in Tangiers.