Renault exceeds decarbonization target in logistics

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Between 2018 and 2021, Renault Group reduced the carbon footprint associated with transporting its goods in Europe by 6.9%, exceeding its target of 5.3%.

These results have been validated as part of FRET21, a program that encourages shippers of parts and vehicles to reduce the environmental impact of transport.

FRET21 is managed by the French Agency for Environment and Energy Management (ADEME) and the Association of Freight Transport Users (AUTF).

Since joining this program in 2015, the Renault Group has reduced its CO2 emissions from its logistics activities in Europe by a total of 15% thanks to solutions implemented by the Supply Chain department, such as: B. Eco-design of packaging and reduction of the number of kilometers driven.

The Renault Group supply chain intends to continue its decarbonization efforts and has committed to reducing its global carbon footprint per vehicle by 30% by 2030.

Florence Ughetto, Sustainable Development and Logistics Expert, Renault Group Supply Chain, said: “For more than 10 years we have been working to find solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of our supply flows. We are increasingly using multimodal transport and improving the filling rate of containers and trucks, the eco-design of our packaging and reducing the number of kilometers driven. This regular collaboration with many of the Group’s business areas and our suppliers, which are as close as possible to our industrial system, has enabled us to meet and even exceed our CO2 emission reduction targets for the second year in a row.”

“As a key player in the supply chain on a global playing field, Renault is consistently and consistently committed to our Fret 21 initiative. Its actions are concrete and very operational, which is a guarantee of success, and they are developed in a partnership approach together with the transport service providers,” added Pierre Lupoglazoff, EVE Project Manager at ADEME.

According to Renault, the three main decarbonization levers are:

  • development of the use of multimodal transport;
  • Reduce kilometers driven per cubic metre;
  • Improve the energy mix and energy efficiency of vans.

Expanding the use of multimodal transport. The supply chain is working with freight forwarders to increase the proportion of flows by rail compared to trucking. For example, 2,600 tons of CO2 could be avoided by using trains from Eastern Europe to France.

Reduce kilometers driven per cubic meter. By optimizing the loading rate of trucks and the filling of packages, the supply chain has developed digital tools to visualize trucks in 3D and increase the loading rate. As a result, the emission of 12,200 tons of CO2 could be avoided. In addition, the engineering teams worked to reduce the amount of packaging used and to make the packaging more dense in order to optimize the number of items per package. Result: A avoided contribution of 8,800 tons of CO2.

By reducing the distances driven, the supplier network is to be brought closer to the production facilities in order to reduce the number of kilometers driven per cubic meter. This is the case in France, for example, thanks to the development of ElectriCity, which brings together an ecosystem of suppliers near the three production sites of this electric vehicle industrial cluster. This approach avoided the emission of 6,120 tons of CO2.

Improve the energy mix and energy efficiency of vans. The supply chain revitalizes the network of transport companies with the ECO2 questionnaire, which allows them to consult information about their environmental performance, in particular their average consumption, and integrate their reduction commitments for the coming years. Result: a reduction in emissions of 5,700 tons of CO2.

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