Protecting the environment and achieving sustainable development means reducing the consumption of new raw materials as well as taking care of the waste.
Responsible industries are, and amongst them the car industry, are making a lot of progresses in these direction and leads a global policy that seeks both to protect the environment and to safeguard quality of life around the plant.
Taking the Wuhan plant of PSA Peugeot Citroën, in Hubei province as an example, 85% of production waste is recovered. World wide the Group's plants produce around 700,000 tonnes of metal waste a year. This waste is re-used in the iron and steel industry or in foundries. The other types of waste produced by the Group totalled 475,000 tonnes in 2002. This waste is highly diverse and disposal therefore requires a wide variety of specific processes. Today,
74 % of waste are recovered, with less than 18 % going to landfill. If we include metal waste, the recovery rate is 90 %. This assures a higher level of safety for the workers, the environment and the society.
"Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." This is the most common definition. It was reached by the "Brundtland Commission" under the leadership of Gro Harlem Brundtland in 1987.
"Sustainable development involves the simultaneous pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental quality and social equity. Companies aiming for sustainability need to perform not against a single, financial bottom line but against the triple bottom line."
This is a definition by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)