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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. Groupe PSA 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

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

  • Real-worl fuel consumption of Groupe PSA's vehicles: a transparent and responsible communication towards customers and territories


    In November 2015, with collapsing consumer confidence in car testing, Groupe PSA decided to take a unique approach by publishing real-world fuel consumption data for its cars in order to be transparent with customers. It undertook to do this with respected environmental organisations and certification partners. This transparent and responsible initiative towards customers and territories is a world first in the automotive industry.

    A reliable framework based on a robust scientific approach:

    The real-world fuel consumption measurements come from a test procedure established with two non-governmental organizations, Transport & Environment (T&E) and France Nature Environment (FNE), and have been audited by Bureau Veritas.

    The protocol for measuring real-world fuel consumption published on October 2016, defines the means (necessary equipment) and methods (measurement and processing) that should be systematically applied to calculate the average real-life fuel consumption of the average customer.

    The protocol breaks down into the following three steps:

    • selecting and checking the vehicle
    • driving the vehicle and performing the measurement
    • processing the measurement results

    The measurements should be taken when the car is being driven by a non-professional driver on public roads open to traffic and under real-life driving conditions, with normal use of air-conditioning systems, passenger and luggage loads and road gradients.

    The measurements are comparable to those made by Groupe PSA customers (obtained from independent customer surveys). They show that the procedure designed with T&E and FNE is scientifically robust, reproducible and representative of a typical driver.

    Up to now, real-world fuel consumption figures for 40 models are available on the Peugeot, Citroën and DS website. By the end of 2016, real-world fuel consumption figures for 50 models will be published.

    At the same time, a simulator to enable customers to predict their vehicles’ fuel consumption based on driving style and conditions will also be released online.

    In 2017, Groupe PSA, Transport & Environment, France Nature Environnement and Bureau Veritas will extend the same procedure to the measurement of real-world nitrous oxide emissions.

  • Optimising internal-combustion engines

    With an average 104.4 g/km of CO2, compared with the market average of 119.8 g, Groupe PSA 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, Groupe PSA 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, Groupe PSA 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.


Fleet management: A service specifically addressing companies, Connect Fleet 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

    Groupe PSA’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.