Renault and Iberdrola have signed a partnership agreement to launch projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions from the manufacturer’s energy consumption in Spain and Portugal.

Iberdrola will supply the automaker with long-term green energy, implement heat electrification and energy efficiency solutions, analyse on-site renewable projects, as well as mobility electrification and the use of second life batteries. 

The partnership will enable Renault to work towards its Zero Carbon Footprint objective, included in its Renaulution Strategic Plan and which will enable the use of green electricity in its factories and the use of Big Data in the management of energy efficiency.

Industrial director of Renault Group and chairman and CEO of Renault Iberia, José Vicente de los Mozos, as well as Ignacio Galán, chairman of Iberdrola, signed a collaboration agreement at Renault’s Bodywork and Assembly Plant in Valladolid, 2h north of Madrid.

Iberdrola becomes the manufacturer’s renewable energy supplier, through the signing of a long-term agreement for 100% of Renault Group’s energy consumption in Spain. They will also work together on initiatives such as the electrification of heat from thermal processes, the analysis of possible efficiencies in plant energy management through Big Data, the implementation of on-site renewable projects (photovoltaic and wind power plants at its facilities), and the reuse of electric vehicle batteries for energy storage and use in Renault’s energy supply. 

The analysis and design of electric mobility and charging solutions is also envisaged, both for internal use by the plants’ own fleets and for linked charging (employees’ vehicles, third-party companies and end customers). In the case of linked charging, these solutions will be integrated and offered as part of the ZE Ready to Charge process developed by Renault. 

“At Renault Group, we firmly believe in our responsibility to the environment, which is why one of our objectives is to achieve zero carbon footprint in our factories, making us a leading automotive company in terms of environmental commitment,” said de los Mozos.

“To this end, we are establishing agreements such as the one we are signing with Iberdrola, which will enable us to reduce CO2 emissions from our plants in an innovative way and in line with our use of Industry 4.0 technology, enabling us to continue working on the future competitiveness of our industrial facilities.”

For his part, Galán, added: “We share the same vision to achieve an emission-free economy and we have the same goal. Today we are joining forces to reduce not only the emissions made by vehicles during their lifetime, but also those generated by their manufacture.

“This will be the first carbon-neutral car manufacturing facility, with renewable energy supply, electrification of heat, second life-cycle batteries and the possibility of using other technologies, such as green hydrogen.”