Renault's Tangiers plant achieves zero-carbon zero-effluent discharge

Auto maker Renault has joined hands with the Kingdom of Morocco and French environmental servies firm Veolia Environnement to build a plant that sets new standards in low environmental impact.

Renault's Tangier plant, in Morocco, which will produce vehicles based on the B0 platform (Logan), will start up in early 2012 with one production line and an annual output capacity of 170,000 vehicles. Ultimately, capacity will be increased to 400,000 vehicles per year.

The environmental impact of Renault's Tangier plant will be reduced to levels that have never been reached by a bodywork-assembly plant:

  • CO2 emissions will be cut by 98 per cent, the equivalent of about 135,000 tons of
  • CO2 per year and, no industrial waste water will be discharged into the natural ecosystem and the quantity of water consumed by manufacturing processes will be cut by 70 per cent

These results will be achieved through innovative manufacturing processes, the use of renewable energy and the optimization of the water

A zero-carbon production plant
CO2 emissions from the Tangier plant will be cut by 98 per cent , a figure that represents 135,000 fewer tons of CO2 every year, by optimising energy consumption and using renewable energies. The few remaining tons of CO2 will be offset either by buying carbon credits or by generating renewable energy on site.

Zero CO2 thermal energy
Step 1: reduce the site's consumption of thermal energy
Renault and Veolia Environnement have worked together to cut the site's consumption, and Renault has revised its painting processes, especially in the baking phases.