Valeo Group | 14 Sep, 2023 | 5 min

Valeo receives the Jury’s Prize at the Zepros Awards de l’Auto for its engagement and actions in terms of sustainable development, CSR and remanufacturing

Valeo has received the Jury's Prize for the sixth edition of the Zepros Awards, organized by the Zepros media group to honor automotive entrepreneurs. This award recognizes Valeo's actions to accelerate the transition towards a sustainable mobility, and in particular its commitment to sustainable development, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and remanufacturing.

The automotive industry has embarked on the biggest transformation in its history to meet the challenges of global warming. Through its Cap 50 plan, Valeo is committed to reducing the carbon footprint of its entire value chain. Its goal is to contribute to carbon neutrality through 2050 and to have cut its total emissions by 45% by 2030*.

The technologies produced by Valeo are governed by four principles linked to circularity, the “4Rs”: robust design, repair, remanufacturing and recycle. Remanufacturing is a cornerstone of Valeo’s environmental strategy.

In line with its global sustainable development plan, Valeo has launched the “I Care 4 the Planet” aftermarket program, which identifies initiatives to limit the impact of its activities on the planet, and help its professional partners contribute to a more sustainable aftermarket.

Thanks to its 40 years of expertise, Valeo remanufactures around one million parts every year, and this volume is set to double by 2030. This target will be met through the launch of more than 550 references on existing products categories, and also thanks to the expansion of ranges of renovations on more technical product categories.

In addition to its remanufacturing activity, Valeo also offers products designed for a greater sustainability from the start. Canopy is the first windscreen wiper designed to reduce CO2 emissions by 61% compared with a Valeo blade, which is representative of the majority of blades sold on the European market**. This performance has been verified by Bureau Veritas, an independent body. Canopy is a wiper made from over 80% natural, renewable or recycled materials such as cane sugar, vegetable oils and carbon black from recycled tyres. An increased proportion of recycled materials is also used in other Canopy wiper blade components such as metal structures and end clips Canopy is packaged in 100% cardboard, fully recyclable and printed with solvent-free, water-based inks.

Marlène Carrias-Iked, VP Strategic Management, Digital & Innovation – Valeo Service: “We are honoured to receive the Zepros Jury Award. This is a recognition of Valeo’s commitment to reducing its impact on the environment. The decarbonisation of mobility must go hand in hand with greater circularity and the conservation of resources, including in the after-sales sector“.

Valeo and the seven other winners of this year’s Zepros Awards were honoured on stage at the Elysées Biarritz in Paris on 12 September.

* Taking into account the emissions savings generated by Valeo electrification technologies fitted to customers’ vehicles.
** The Valeo Canopy Flat Blade, with a specific rubber and packaged in cardboard box enables a CO2 emission reduction of 61% compared to a Valeo Flat Blade product representative of the majority of commercialized wiper blades in the European market, produced in Asia, with a synthetic rubber and marketed in a plastic packaging.

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