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THINKING ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

FROM VEHICLE DESIGN TO RECYCLING

From design to end of life, the teams at Citroën work hard to keep automotive environmental impact to a minimum by monitoring consumption, CO2 emissions and pollutants, maintaining mindful use of natural resources, improving recyclability and more.
Citroën is committed to:

  • Thinking about environmental issues right from the design stage of its products and services
  • Implementing circular economy principles, including material recycling and reuse.
DESIGN
DESIGN

Eco-friendly design is about ensuring we make progress on sustainable mobility, going above and beyond compliance with the automotive industry’s environmental regulations. At Citroën, this is reflected in a large part of our research and innovation being dedicated to clean technology and green materials.

PRODUCTION
PRODUCTION

Citroën manufactures decarbonised vehicles using an industrial tool that can control the impact it has and respond to key environmental issues.

RECYCLING
RECYCLING

Citroën is working hard to make its recycling process more efficient, by designing products which are sustainable right from the start. The aim of this is also to reduce the amount of waste produced during vehicle manufacturing, use, and recycling.

DESIGN

  • REDUCING EMISSIONS AND CONSUMPTION
  • USING GREEN MATERIALS
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REDUCING EMISSIONS AND CONSUMPTION

Citroën uses a wide range of technological solutions specifically designed to reduce fuel consumption and pollutant emissions. We’ll also be able to use the new and emerging hybrid and electric engines to create vehicles that are even more environmentally-friendly.
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INCREASINGLY EFFICIENT ENGINES

At Citroën, we are constantly working to optimise our Petrol and Diesel combustion drive chains, including with a large range of Stop & Start features and FAP and SCR technology.

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A NEW GENERATION OF AUTOMATIC GEARBOXES

Citroën’s high-performance range of gearboxes expanded in 2018 with the addition of the 8-speed automatic gearbox (EAT8), which offers an even greater reduction in fuel consumption as well as improved driving experience.

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ELECTRIC VEHICLES

Electric cars are becoming more popular with longer lasting batteries and versatile designs. Our practical, efficient electric vehicles provide you with the comfort, space and technology you need to make every journey enjoyable and peaceful.

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HYBRID VEHICLES

Launched in 2019, Citroën C5 Aircross Hybrid SUV is the foundation stone for Citroën’s electrification strategy.

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USING GREEN MATERIALS

A PROACTIVE APPROACH

“Green materials” fall into three categories:

  • Recycled plastic materials
  • Natural-origin materials (wood, plant fibres, etc.)
  • Biosourced materials (polymers made from renewable resources instead of petrochemicals).

There are two main advantages to using these:

  • It reduces the use of fossil-fuel plastics
  • It promotes the development of plastic recycling facilities by increasing their throughput.

Citroën has been rolling out an ambitious plan for using green materials since 2008. In 2018, they accounted for around 30% of the global weight of the vehicle (polymers, metals, …)

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PRODUCTION

  • ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AT OUR PLANTS
  • THE ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION
  • PRESERVING NATURAL HABITATS
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ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AT OUR PLANTS

Citroën is responding to environmental issues by:

  • Helping to tackle global warming
  • Lowering pollution, including pollutants released into the air and water
  • Preserving natural habitats and biodiversity, and using less natural resources - especially water
  • Reducing the amount of waste produced and adding value to it.
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THE ISO 14001 CERTIFICATION

We have been working towards certification for over 10 years and are now seeing the results in our plants, all of which are now ISO 14001 certified.

This standard was created in 1996. Its requirements include that plants are capable of monitoring, controlling, and measuring the effects of processes on the environment, meaning that all staff require suitable training.

PRESERVING NATURAL HABITATS

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Our production sites are largely free to manage their biodiversity as they see fit.

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The initiatives taken at our manufacturing sites include rehabilitating areas so that native species can be planted.

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Conservation grazing is another example of initiatives taken on our industrial sites.

RECYCLING

  • SETTING UP CIRCULAR ECONOMY CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEMS
  • SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHT FROM THE START
  • USING RECYCLED MATERIALS
  • RECYCLING AND ADDING VALUE TO VEHICLES
  • RECYCLE YOUR CITROËN
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SETTING UP CIRCULAR ECONOMY CLOSED-LOOP SYSTEMS

Our aim at Citroën is to fully recycle our vehicles at the end of their lives. We have therefore put a vehicle life cycle analysis procedure in place where we measure vehicles’ total environmental impact from design all the way to destruction. Using this system also means we can evaluate the materials we use, and make better choices for future cars.

THE VEHICLE LIFE CYCLE

Development
  • Life cycle analysis
  • Selection of sustainable materials

  • Production
  • Use of recycled materials

  • Active life
  • Waste management and disposal by approved repairers
  • Reuse and refurbishment of spare parts

  • Trade-in
  • Vehicle trade-in
  • Depollution and pre-processing
  • Compliance with the EU directive
  • LIfe-cycle
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    SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT RIGHT FROM THE START

    To make sure that all Citroën products can be properly recycled, our research and development teams follow recyclability and reuse processes.
    These are also used by suppliers, and help us to analyse vehicle parts and components in terms of their recyclability and potential for reuse.

    The conditions for sustainable design are:
  • A range of sustainable materials
  • Depollution as a design factor
  • Deconstruction as a design factor.
  • USING RECYCLED MATERIALS

    A LONG-ESTABLISHED TRADITION

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    Recycled products have the same technical specifications as new ones. Their thermal and mechanical durability ensure high quality and high performance. 

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    The extremely high quality of green materials means that they can now be used in Citroën vehicles for both hidden and visible parts.

    ECO-FRIENDLY MANAGEMENT OF END-OF-LIFE VEHICLES

    7 STEPS FOR RECYCLING A VEHICLE

    There has been a structure set up for the environmentally-friendly collection and processing of end-of-life vehicles (ELV) within the Citroën network for over 15 years. There are 7 stages to the recycling process.

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    Trade-in
    The last owner of an end-of-life vehicle takes it to an approved trade-in centre. The approved trade-in centre then checks the vehicle and issues the required Certificate of Destruction (CoD).

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    Pre-processing and depollution
    The battery and tyres are removed, and the airbags neutralised. Next, our partner removes any remaining fuel and other liquids from the vehicle: engine oil, transmission oil, brake fluid, and air conditioning coolant. This pollutant waste will then have 100% of its value reinstated in their specialist treatment facility.

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    Dismantling for re-use
    The next step consists of dismantling mechanic parts, bodywork, and electrical and electronic components. These will either be reused as used parts, or reconditioned. If it’s economically viable, materials such as plastic and glass are also salvaged for recycling at this point.

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    Storage
    Environmentally hazardous materials are recovered and sent to companies specialising in waste recycling or destruction.

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    Crushing
    The depolluted shells are sent to a crusher, where they are crushed and shredded into pieces only a few centimetres in size. These pieces are then sent through an initial magnetic sorting process to recover any ferrous metals (steel).

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    Post-crushing
    The remaining crushed material is sorted automatically, using physical properties (magnets, Eddy currents, flotation) to separate the different types of material fragments.

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    Recycling, recovery and landfill
    Once sorted, these material fragments are recycled (metals are sent to steelworks/metalworks, and certain plastics back to the plastics industry) or converted into energy (cement works, urban heating, power stations, etc.). This industrial process means that over 95% of a vehicle’s weight can be reused, recycled or upcycled, which greatly reduces the amount of final waste ultimately sent to specialist landfill sites.

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    RECYCLE YOUR CITROËN

    OUR TRADE-IN SCHEME FOR END-OF-LIFE VEHICLES

    Looking after the environment has always been a central focus for us. Now, end-of-life vehicle recycling has become a legal requirement.
    This means that owners of any end-of-life Citroën vehicles can trade them in for free, providing that they fulfil certain conditions (listed below).

    So we can make sure that your vehicle is recycled in the most environmentally-friendly way possible, we have commissioned a team of independent experts to check that vehicle returns are carried out correctly, and in compliance with current legislation. They also certify that our Partners fulfil all legal recycling requirements. This means that at each of their sites, all processes and documents relating to incoming and outgoing vehicles must comply with requirements set out by Citroën.
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    Where can you recycle your vehicle?
    If you have an end-of-life vehicle, take it to one of our approved recycling centres.

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