The key figures of the Renault Group for the year 2015 are as follows:
- It comprises three brands: Renault, Dacia and Renault Samsung Motors
- Renault operates in 125 countries
- Global Group sales of more than 2.8 million vehicles
- An industrial network extending across 30 sites, all ISO 14001 certified
- More than 42 % of the Group's sales are outside Western Europe
- The 5 biggest markets of the group are France, Brazil, Germany, Turkey and Spain
- Revenue for the year of €45.327 million (a 10% increase on 2014)
- A workforce of 120,136 employees
- Renault and Nissan's electric vehicle sales represent more than 50% share of the market, with more than 300,000 vehicles sold.
Renault factors in all the impacts of its vehicles throughout their lives, from design and production to use and recycling. The objective of this global "life cycle" approach is to reduce the environmental footprint of its vehicles.
Renault has become a leader in the reuse of materials and is involved in research projects to enhance the quality of the recycled materials. It has established closed loops (by acquiring shares in dismantling and recycling companies) in order to enable recycling in its processes, and the manufacture of new parts.
It has also launched a repair service using second-hand parts (checked and guaranteed) from end of life vehicles). Renault has remanufactured mechanical parts since 1949 in a dedicated plant, which currently has a turnover in excess of €200 million.
For Renault, the car lends itself to the circular economy as it requires a large quantity of high-value
materials. It is a product that is designed to last and be repaired. That is why it is also the perfect product for remanufacturing and reengineering during its life cycle.
Circular economy is an evolution of the business model towards
a more efficient usage of raw materials. In order to decrease the dependence on raw materials, Renault is:
• Increasing durability of the products;
• Maintaining the product during its lifetime (using remanufactured and second hand parts - beneficial from both a resource and economic point of view);
• Capturing the material
once the product reaches its end of life - keeping the technical/economic value of the material and introducing it to the supply chain for manufacturing.