Renault Group

Environment - circular economy

Renault, des leviers de transformation de l’automobile pour répondre aux trois enjeux environnementaux
Renault Group's environmental strategy : accelerating circular economy.


Reducing the use of virgin materials is a major ecological and economic challenge. With a view to preserving ecosystems for future generations, Renault Group has been applying circular economy principles for over ten years:
  • Eco-design applied to vehicles and batteries: this enables  frugal use of rare materials, the integration of recycled materials, the predisposition of vehicles for their dismantling and recycling at the end of their life. 
  • Projects aimed at developing technical solutions and industrial channels for collecting, reusing, renovating and recycling parts and materials.  

2 centers of expertise in circular economy

The Future Is NEUTRAL is the first company operating across the entire automotive circular economy value chain

A vehicle is 85% recyclable. Yet less than 30% of recycled automotive materials are re-injected back into the production of new vehicles. To reverse this trend, The Future Is NEUTRAL offers closed-loop recycling solutions, from  car to  car. Its aim is to help industry players move towards resources neutrality by increasing the proportion of recycled automotive materials in the production of new vehicles. 

The Refactory in Flins, Europe's first circular economy factory dedicated to mobility

Created by Renault Group in 2020, this industrial ecosystem is open to start-ups and partnerships. Its aim is to encourage initiatives, develop innovation in the service of the circular economy, and contribute to the Renault Group's ambition to achieve carbon neutrality at its industrial sites in Europe by 2040. A sustainable and responsible conversion, both environmentally and socially, that draws on the many assets of the site and its employees.

Refactory Flins

Circular economy of electric vehicle batteries

The life cycle of the battery

When the battery is no longer usable, instead of discarding it and recycling it, a second life is given to it to store renewable energies to power buildings for example.

Groupe Renault gives a second life to batteries