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Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Brands and Associated Companies:
Renault_Nissan Alliance, Automobile Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors
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Climate Lobbying Overview: Renault seems to have mixed engagement on a number of aspects of European climate regulation, particularly around policies to electrify transport, including appearing to support a delay to the EU's 2035 phase out date for internal combustion-engine powered vehicles in 2021. The company is a member of a number of obstructive trade associations, including the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: Renault appears to support efforts to limit global warming to 2°C in its 2019 Universal Registration Document (published in 2020). The company has also signalled its support for the Paris Agreement on its corporate website in 2021. InfluenceMap can find no recent evidence as to the company’s general position on the need for climate regulation.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Renault appears to have engaged with CO2 standards for light vehicles in the EU with mixed positions. The company's 2019 Universal Registration Document (published in 2020) seems to highlight the EU’s CO2 standards as a key business risk but does not take a specific position on the standards, and the company does not disclose a position on the standards in its 2020 CDP disclosure. Nevertheless, the company appears to have a history of opposing CO2 standards in the EU for both heavy and light vehicles dating back to 2016. Additionally, in a 2021 parliamentary consultation response, Renault advocated for the UK government to reduce fines for failing to meet UK CAFE CO2 standard targets for light duty vehicles, or to weaken the requirements.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Renault appears to have mixed engagement on the decarbonization of transportation. In September 2021, a media report quoted Renault's executive vice president for engineering, who stated that the automaker would seek to weaken the EU's 2035 phase out date for internal combustion engines by delaying the date until 2040 for hybrids. Similarly, according to a November 2021 Irish Times article, Renault opposed the EU 2035 zero-emissions CO2 target, which would phase out internal combustion engines, arguing that the ban “should be at least softened” and citing the high consumer cost of EVs. In January 2021, Renault CEO Luca De Meo further seemed to emphasize the costs of electric vehicles in an Il Fatto Quotidiano interview, and Renault President Jean-Dominique Senard appeared to not support a weight tax on vehicles in France in an October 2020 Le Monde interview.

However, Renault appears to have communicated general support for the decarbonization of road transport in its 2019-2020 Sustainability Report, its corporate website and in its 2019 Universal Registration Document. The company also appears to support incentives to drive the uptake of electric vehicles in the EU in a November 2019 corporate blog and in its 2020 CDP disclosure, as well as advocating for expanded infrastructure for electric vehicles, with Renault’s deputy CEO Clothilde Delbois stating in a CNBC appearance in January 2021 that financing for incentives should progressively be redirected to fund infrastructure. Furthermore, in an April 2021 UK consultation response, Renault appeared to support the UK's 2030 phase out date for gasoline and petrol powered vehicles and numerous other incentives and policies to promote EVs in the UK, including tax breaks and infrastructure development.

Industry Association Governance: Renault discloses a partial list of its trade association through its 2019 Universal Registration Document. The company is a member of a number of obstructive trade associations including BusinessEurope, the International Federation of Industrial Energy Consumers (IFIEC), the Federation of French Industry (MEDEF), the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). The company’s CEO Luca de Meo is on the board of the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). The company has not completed an audit of its trade association memberships.

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How to Read our Relationship Score Map

In this section, we depict graphically the relationships the corporation has with trade associations, federations, advocacy groups and other third parties who may be acting on their behalf to influence climate change policy. Each of the columns above represents one relationship the corporation appears to have with such a third party. In these columns, the top, dark section represents the strength of the relationship the corporation has with the influencer. For example if a corporation's senior executive also held a key role in the trade association, we would deem this to be a strong relationship and it would be on the far left of the chart above, with the weaker ones to the right. Click on these grey shaded upper sections for details of these relationships. The middle section contains a link to the organization score details of the influencer concerned, so you can see the details of its climate change policy influence. Click on the middle sections for for details of the trade associations. The lower section contains the organization score of that influencer, the lower the more negatively it is influencing climate policy.