Eco2 is Renault’s ‘environmental signature’ – similar to the more familiar BlueMotion badge used by Volkswagen. It is currently applied to every Renault emitting less than 140g/km CO2, but the rules are getting stricter.
From this point onwards, to receive an eco2 label, a Renault must meet the following standards:
• Emit less than 120g/km CO2 (compared to the previous 140g/km threshold) – or run on biofuels
• Be 95% recyclable at the end of its life, and contain at least 7% recycled plastics to start with (up from 5% before)
• Be manufactured in an ISO 14001-certified factory (an environmental efficiency rating set out by the International Organization for Standardization
The 20g/km drop may not significantly reduce the number of Renault eco2 models available. However, as the company already has a European range CO2 average of an impressively low 135g/km – with a target to hit a 120g/km average in 2013 and improve to ‘less than 100g/km’ in 2016.
The Environmental Investment Organisation – a British non-governmental organisation (NGO) – recently ranked Renault as the least carbon-emitting company in the European automotive sector.
Renault electric cars on the way
Renault’s forthcoming four-car range of ‘Z.E.’ all-electric vehicles will help the French brand on the way to its targets. These are due to market by the middle of 2012.
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