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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. While Renault has stated top-line support for the Paris Agreement and a 1.5C global warming target, in 2021 it appears to have supported a delay to the EU's 2035 zero-emissions CO2 targets to promote a longer-term role of hybrid sales, and has mixed engagement on other policies promoting electric vehicles (EVs).

Top-line Messaging on Climate Policy: In its April 2021 Climate Report, Renault appeared to support GHG emissions reductions in line with 1.5°C target. Furthermore, in an April 2021 joint letter, the company expressed support for the EU's Green Deal and the aim of climate neutrality by 2050 in line with IPCC demands. In the same letter, Renault called for ambitious government policy to respond to climate change and appeared to support increased government investment to support GHG emissions reductions in an April 2021 MEDEF French Business Climate Pledge. In an April 2021 joint letter, Renault appeared to support the re-entry of the US into the UN Paris Agreement, and the company has also signalled its support for the Paris Agreement on its corporate website in 2021.

Engagement with Climate-Related Regulations: Renault appears to have engaged with CO2 standards for light vehicles in the EU with mixed positions. 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's proposed target of 55% vehicle CO2 emissions reductions by 2030. Additionally, in an April 2021 parliamentary consultation response, Renault advocated for the UK government to reduce fines for failing to meet UK CO2 standard targets for light duty vehicles, or to weaken the requirements. In an April 2021 joint letter, Renault appeared to support a carbon border adjustment mechanism in the EU, however without specifying a position on the removal of existing exemptions, while in its 2021 CDP disclosure, the company advocated for a carbon tax with the exception that it is revenue neutral.

In New Zealand, in a November 2021 consultation response, Renault appeared to strongly oppose higher CO2 targets for light-duty vehicles included in New Zealand's Clean Car Bill, arguing that the proposed targets are unachievable and emphasizing affordability and supply constraints.

Positioning on Energy Transition: Renault appears to have mixed engagement on the decarbonization of transportation. 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. However, according to a November 2021 Irish Times media report, the company has also opposed an EU 2035 phase-out date for internal combustion engine-powered vehicles, citing high consumer costs of EVs and arguing that the ban “should be at least softened”. In January 2021, Renault CEO, Luca De Meo, further emphasized the costs of electric vehicles in an Il Fatto Quotidiano interview, and Renault President Jean-Dominique Senard appeared not to support a weight tax on vehicles in France in an October 2020 Le Monde interview. Additionally, in a November 2021 New Zealand consultation response, Renault appeared to strongly oppose the EV mandate included in New Zealand's proposed Clean Car Bill.

Despite this, Renault appears to have communicated general support for the electrification of transportation, for example in its April 2021 Climate Report, alongside expressing support for natural gas and LPG powered vehicles. Renault appears to support measures to accelerate the electrification of transportation, such as EV financial incentives, according to its 2021 CDP disclosure, as well as advocating for expanded infrastructure for electric vehicles, with Renault’s deputy CEO Clotilde Delbos stating in a CNBC appearance in January 2021 that financing for incentives should progressively be redirected to fund infrastructure.

Industry Association Governance: Renault discloses a partial list of its trade association through its 2020 Universal Registration Document. The company is a member of a number of obstructive trade associations including BusinessEurope, 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.