Automotive sector takes positive steps towards a circular economy through remanufacturing and materials innovation

Renault, JLR, Nissan and Toyota drive car industry towards sustainability

Given its heavy reliance on raw material and legislative duties that place emphasis on the reuse and recycling of end-of-life vehicles, Europe's automotive industry is perfectly positioned to accelerate the agenda around closed-loop thinking.

Renault's Choisy-le-Roi factory has been pumping out remanufactured automobile parts since 1949 and has since diversified into injection pumps, gearboxes, injectors and, most recently, turbo compressors.

The environmental payback speaks for itself. According to Renault, one remanufactured part uses 80% less energy, 88% less water, 92% fewer chemical products and generates 70% less waste during production compared to a new part. The Choisy-de-Roi factory also doesn't send any waste to landfill – materials are either reused, recycled in the company's foundries to produce new parts, or sent for "valorisation" (a French term for getting value back through recovery) in treatment centres.

Renault's efforts haven't gone unnoticed by other car makers. Last month Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) announced it would be exploring the potential for remanufacture within its new state-of-the-art engine manufacturing facility in Wolverhampton, set to open later this year.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme FP7 under grant agreement n░ 285811.