Interview Jean-Philippe Hermine, VP Strategic Environmental Planning for the Renault Group

What are the issues at stake for Renault in the partnership with Veolia?

The partnership with Veolia provides a real co-benefit for several reasons. An electric car battery contains a lot of valuable elements, but it is expensive to process. We attach great importance to extending its lifespan as well as recovering its components after use to reduce the cost. Over and above electric vehicles’ carbon assessment and their economic and environmental optimization, in the medium term we are looking to guarantee self-sufficiency in the supply of raw materials for our industry and local areas.

What determines the choice of this kind of partner?

We have confidence in Veolia’s know-how and treatment capacities. Our partner boasts well-established industrial experience, which gives us the guarantee of a high-performance resource recovery sector.

What does the circular economy represent in Renault’s strategy?

As a founding member of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Renault has made the circular economy a value of leadership in the automobile industry. We have already developed several partnerships relating to each stage in the vehicle’s lifecycle. We are developing collection solutions to compile stocks of second-hand spare parts. Little by little, we are implementing “short loops” to recycle the raw materials used within the automobile sector. The partnership with Veolia falls in line with this ambition.