Groupe Renault aims to reduce its carbon footprint by 6% by 2022. 60% of parts in Renault’s supply chain travel by sea at any given time and many of its cars are also transported by sea. In collaboration with Neoline, they will build two experimental ships for loading and unloading sailing wagons. Each will be 136 meters long and carry over 4,180 square meters of candles.

These freighters will be able to carry 478 cars and should be able to navigate at 11 knots. Predictions are that they will reduce emissions by 90% compared to conventional freighters. They will also have hybrid electric-diesel propulsion for port operations and to ensure on-time deliveries. They are expected to enter service before the end of 2020. The design incorporates the latest marine technologies and lessons learned from competitive ocean navigation.

Renault has chosen Neoline as a partner of this company, a company made up of “a group of merchant navy officers hired by Michel Péry, captain of road transport vessels, convinced that climate issues would lead the world of maritime transport to consider new modes of propulsion to improve its environmental footprint. What unites them is the conviction that sailing is the only solution available immediately and powerful enough to propel cargo ships.According to their website.

Jean Zanuttini, Chief Executive Officer of Neoline, declares: “We are particularly pleased that the Renault Group, a key player in sustainable mobility, is the first partner to join us on our journey, relying on Neoline’s maritime transport solution. Considering that traditional maritime transport represents around 3% of CO2 emissions in Europe ”.


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Wind-powered boats are one of the many ways that Renault is exploring to reduce its environmental footprint. Jean-François Salles, global director of the Renualt alliance and responsible for production control, declares: “We are also developing more initiatives, such as the use of natural gas transportation between parts suppliers and production sites, assessment of the environmental performance of carriers, modernization of truck fleets and, of course, the optimization of our flows to reduce the number of kilometers traveled and eliminate empty journeys“.

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