CO2 emissions from the Tangier plant are cut by 98%, a figure that represents 135,000 fewer tons of CO2 every year, by optimizing energy consumption and using renewable energies. The few remaining tons of CO2 are offset either by buying carbon credits or by generating renewable energy on site.
Step 1: reduce the site’s consumption of thermal energy. Renault and Veolia Environnement have worked together to cut the site’s consumption, and Renault has revised its painting processes, especially in the baking phases. Substantial energy savings have been made by combining innovative technologies and best practices for the recovery of energy in the paintshop, which accounts for 70% of the plant’s thermal energy consumption. The thermal energy requirements of the Tangier
plant are cut by 35% (more than 40 GWh PCI per year), compared with a plant with an equivalent production capacity.
Step 2: zero CO2 thermal energy generation. Veolia Environnement and Renault together identified a zero-CO2 thermal energy generation system. Biomass boilers produce the high-pressure, superheated water that is required, amongst others, for the paint process ovens and the heating water used in other manufacturing processes, plus the ventilation of the air in the buildings on the site. Part of the fuel for the biomass boilers are made up of locally sourced olive stones. Initially, the rest of the fuel is made up of eucalyptus wood imported from
Southern Europe, and, 4 years hence, short-rotation eucalyptus from Morocco.
Electricity generated using renewable sources. The Moroccan National Electricity Office’s campaign to develop renewable energy forms
allows the site to be powered entirely by wind and hydraulic electricity.