Right from the design phase, our engineers seek to minimise vehicle impact on the environment at each stage in the life cycle.

Cutting CO2 emissions is a key requirement. To achieve this aim, we are taking action in several areas including weight control, powertrain technology and aerodynamics. By placing the emphasis on efficient and reliable solutions tailored to each market, we aim to implement a global response to the greenhouse effect.

Technologies of the future

Our engineers are actively working on technological solutions that will bring breakthrough progress in the environmental impact of cars. The deployment of the new-generation Stop & Start system from 2010, hybrid solutions from 2011, and the launch of zero-emission vehicles will enable Citroën to consolidate its position in the segment of vehicles with low CO2 emissions.

Resources and recyclability

As well as limiting fuel consumption and emissions of CO2 and other pollutants, our eco-design policy aims to optimise the use of natural resources by carefully selecting the materials used to manufacture our vehicles. We also aim to reduce the potential impact of end-of-life vehicles (ELVs) on the environment by promoting recyclability.

Example: Of the170 kg of polymers contained in the new C3 Picasso (excluding tyres), almost 11% are ""green"" materials. This term covers three different types of material:

  • recycled materials;
  • natural materials, such as wood and vegetable fibre;
  • biomaterials, polymers produced with renewable resources rather than by the petrochemical sector.

As an example; natural fibres are used in the manufacture of the parcel shelf, boot lining or door panels. Recycled plastics from the automotive industry are used as a raw material to make mud guards.