The Group’s environmental commitment

Protecting the environment by developing a range of clean vehicles and sustainable mobility services and enhancing the performance of the production base.

The Group’s commitment to environmental protection is one of the key focuses of its CSR policy for the automotive industry. The aim is to reduce the environmental impacts stemming from the production as well as the use of vehicles. PSA Group is working towards that aim by developing an ambitious line-up of clean vehicles and mobility services, and by shrinking the environmental footprint of its sites.

R&D focused on clean vehicles

PSA Group is implementing innovative technologies to reduce the emissions of its vehicles while optimising the use of natural resources.

  • Optimising internal-combustion engines

    With an average 104.4 g/km of CO2, compared with the market average of 119.8 g, PSA Group is the European leader in the reduction of CO2 A large part of this performance results from the downsizing of the Group’s petrol engines. The Group’s latest generation of diesel engines, equipped with selective catalytic reduction (SCR), eliminates up to 90% of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions.

  • Developing hybrid and electric cars

    In parallel with these advances on internal-combustion engines, the Group is pursuing the development of rechargeable hybrids and a second generation of electric vehicles.

  • Optimising equipment and vehicle architecture

    All the following items are taken into account to reduce CO2 emissions: weight, aerodynamics, rolling resistance, electric management and driving aids.

  • The sustainable management of materials

    From the vehicle design phase, PSA Group is committed to optimising the use of natural resources by using green or recycled materials in its vehicles and by ensuring their recyclability.


A bright future for  sustainable mobility services

In a mobility market worth an estimated €13 billion in Europe in 2020, PSA Group is strengthening its identity as a mobility provider with the aim of becoming a key world player. To that end, it proposes a range of solutions responding to the new expectations of customers, who now see cars less as capital goods and more as a form of mobility.

Short-term leasing: Peugeot Rent, Citroën Rent and DS Rent are the short-term leasing services proposed by the brand dealers. They respond to several needs, including regular short-term leasing, extended test drives of new vehicles, and replacement vehicles during maintenance services.

Carsharing, with some 60 million users forecast in Europe by 2020.

Urban public carsharing:

  • The cooperation agreement signed in 2015 by PSA Group and the Bolloré group lends concrete form to a shared ambition to become a major player in the intra-urban carsharing market worldwide.
  • Testifying to its expertise in the field, PSA Group has since 2013 provided a service in Berlin similar to that of the Autolib’ offer in Paris: Citroën Multicity Carsharing.

Peer-to-peer carsharing:

PSA Group’s investments in two start-ups are complementary:

  • Koolicar provides an innovative and unique technology in the shape of a connected box that can be fitted on all types of vehicles to facilitate the rental of vehicles in the street.
  • TravelerCar is mainly focused on travel hubs (stations and airports) in Europe.

Company carsharing:

Since 2013, has enabled employees to reserve a company car on line and unlock the vehicle with their badge (no need to pick up the keys!). The service also helps companies to reduce their costs through optimised vehicle pooling.

Fleet management: A service specifically addressing companies, Connect Fleet Management responds to three issues of fleet managers:

  • fleet maintenance, with feedback on all mechanical alerts;
  • the reduction of fuel costs and the fight against the greenhouse effect, with the display of the real-life fuel consumption of vehicles and an eco-driving module that offers personalised advice to users;
  • the optimisation of vehicle use with information on hours of use, distances travelled and geolocation.


The industrial ecology of Group sites

The excellent plant – a Group objective for 2025 – is aimed not only at enhancing industrial performance but also at controlling the environmental impacts of production sites. The industrial ecology of the sites corresponds to five objectives in this area:

  • The reduction of the carbon footprint of the sites

    this is being addressed by reducing energy consumption (responsible for 80% of the CO2 emissions of sites), optimising logistics activities and making greater use of renewable energies

  • The reduction of industrial pollution and discharges

    since 1995, this has been reflected in the three-fold reduction of VOC (volatile organic compounds) emissions and the two-fold reduction of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen emissions.

  • Waste recovery

    to fight against the waste of natural resources, the Group sites have reduced their waste volumes (waste weight per vehicle has been cut by 45% since 1995) and are favouring the use of recycling and recovery sectors.

  • Water cycle management

    water consumption per vehicle has been reduced four-fold since 1995, accompanied by the development of treatment and recycling programmes

  • The protection of biodiversity

    PSA Group’s industrial activity does not pose a substantial risk to natural environments, but given the number and size of its sites the Group nevertheless strives to protect biodiversity in the vicinity of its facilities.