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All our production sites have an environmental management system based on ISO 14001. This international standard sets a globally recognised norm for management and organisation.
The certification process was started more than ten years ago and has now reached the maturity stage in all our plants, all of which have been ISO 14001 certified since 2007. This standard, created in 1996, requires manufacturers to put in place measures to track, control and measure the impact of processes on the environment. It therefore involves providing appropriate training for all personnel.
The automotive industry spans a range of activities, such as casting, machining, metal pressing, body assembly, surface treatment, painting and final assembly. Although these facilities do not represent a ""high risk for the environment"" (as set out in the 1996 European so-called Soveso directive), they nevertheless cause a series of environmental impacts that we strive to control.
Paint Shops: since 1995, we have more than halved the emissions per vehicle of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) produced by paint solvents.
Foundries: by using advanced technology equipment (plasma torch) and developing control systems, we have significantly reduced foundry dust emissions.
Water consumption: saving water is a key objective for all our industrial sites. This policy has made it possible to cut water consumption per vehicle produced by a factor of 2.5 since 1995.
94% of production waste recovered: our plants produce around 700,000 tonnes of metal waste per year, recovered for use in steel plants and foundries. Of the other waste, 82% is processed through other recovery channels. The overall recovery rate is 94%.