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Renault tightens its eco2 ratings

Criteria for Renault's eco2 badge will be tougher

Renault Laguna Sport Tourer

From now on, Renault cars need to be greener to earn an eco2 badge

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.

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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.

Read our review of the Renault Fluence electric car


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