This Monday (21) Renault took part in the launch of the Green Trail Project (Projeto Trilha Verde), which is in line with Fernando de Noronha Island’s Net Zero program. The event was held at Pernambuco state’s capitol, Palácio Campo das Princesas, in the capital Recife. The car manufacturer delivered 10 Renault Zoe E-TECH Electric that will be used by Neoenergia Pernambuco’s R&D project on the Fernando de Noronha Island.
The new all-electric fleet is aimed at cutting CO2 emissions, as well as protecting the environment, and will be used by Neoenergia – the state’s electric utility –, the island’s administration, and tourists. Along with Renault and Neoenergia, other partner organizations are involved in the program, such as the Pernambuco state government, and Fernando de Noronha’s administration.
The program comprises a series of actions, such as installation of two solar plants built by Neoenergia, in addition to development and assessment of business models and solutions in line with the island’s unique ecosystem.
“Renault is honored to pursue this collaboration channeled into contributing to Noronha’s Net Zero program to protect Fernando de Noronha, one of the world’s natural heritage sites”, highlighted Ricardo Gondo, president at Renault Brazil.
The launch event was also attended by Pernambuco State Governor Paulo Câmara, Neoenergia Pernambuco’s CEO Saulo Cabral, and Fernando de Noronha’s administrator Guilherme Rocha, among other public authorities.
Noronha 2030: a sustainable transport agenda
The 10 Renault Zoe E-TECH delivered and the new solar plants to be built are a new step towards cutting greenhouse gas emissions, thus contributing to the archipelago’s decarbonization process.
On the basis of Noronha Net Zero scheme, State Law No. 16,810/20 sets forth that no new internal combustion engine cars, buses, trucks and motorbikes will be allowed on the island as of August 12, 2023, and only zero emission vehicles will be allowed to circulate on the island as of August 10, 2030.
New photovoltaic power stations
The new solar power plants made of 345 Wp polycrystalline silicon modules will be built at the Vacaria district and Noronha Lab, near the waste treatment station. The two areas have approximately 2,300 m2 in total.
The stations can generate 155 MWh a year, which is three times the power consumption needed by all EVs in operation on the island. This means that each EV can be driven 16,000 km a year, thus avoiding the release of CO2 on the environment.
With the arrival of the 10 Zoe E-TECH in Noronha, Renault’s all-electric fleet will total 46 units in operation on the island.
“The Trilha Verde project goes far beyond increasing the number of EVs, charging stations and generation of green energy on the island. The purpose is to assess the feasibility of business models from the environmental, technical and economical perspectives in Fernando de Noronha. Our R&D project will enhance the sustainability of Noronha’s protected ecosystem and certainly contribute to the archipelago’s decarbonization process, all economic sectors combined”, says Saulo Cabral, CEO at Neoenergia Pernambuco.
The project also includes installation by Neoenergia of 12 charging stations across the island so supply 7.4 or 22 kW, and the construction works will start soon after the first solar plant is completed.
Mobilize: connected to Brazil
The use of Renault EVs in Fernando de Noronha, as well as the creation of an infrastructure dedicated to sustainable mobility and production of green energy is in line with Mobilize’s pillars of activity.
Launched in 2021, Mobilize is Renault Group’s new business unit that offers mobility, energy and data services to end consumers, businesses, governmental bodies and city administrations.
The Zoe E-TECH EVs used by the Trilha Verde project are part of Mobilize’s smart solutions aimed at fostering sustainable collaborations and green energy ecosystems.
The cars will be used by the tourism sector, the local administration and the state’s electric utility, in addition to being subject to R&D with a focus on all-electric mobility.
Fernando de Noronha Net Zero Pledge
The first units of the Renault E-TECH Electric were introduced in Fernando de Noronha in June 2019, which coincided with the launch of Noronha’s Zero Carbon Project. Since then, the island’s all-electric fleet has been expanding to help protect its ecosystem.
In 2021, in collaboration with partner organizations, a solar carport was built to generate clean energy to power the island’s EVs, while the excess power is made available to the local community.
The Trilha Verde project is part of the third stage of Renault’s sustainable action plan to contribute to Fernando de Noronha’s decarbonization.
Renault currently operates 46 E-TECH cars on the island, from the two-seater Twizy to the award-winning Zoe E-TECH and the Kangoo E-TECH, a small van that consumers have fallen in love with for their day-to-day activities.
“More than manufacturing cars, Renault Brazil wants to be recognized as a technology, services and clean energy company, and we are totally connected to Mobilize in Brazil! The introduction of this new brand is completely in line with this strategy – we aim at building the future of sustainable mobility”, says Ricardo Gondo.
Neoenergia is a publicly held company with shares (NEOE3) traded at the São Paulo Stock Exchange. Part of the Spanish group Iberdrola, the company has been operating in Brazil since 1997 and it is currently one of the leaders in the Brazilian energy sector. The electric utility is present in 18 states and in the Federal District, with business lines that include generation, transmission, distribution and trade. Its distribution companies, Neoenergia Coelba (BA), Neoenergia Celpe (PE), Neoenergia Cosern (RN), Neoenergia Elektro (SP/MS) and Neoenergia Brasília (DF) serve more than 15 million customers, which represent more than 37 million people.
Neoenergia has 4 GW of installed capacity in generation, including 88% of renewable energy, and is implementing 0.7 GW with the construction of new wind farms. In the transmission segment, there are 2.3 thousand km of lines in operation and 4.3 thousand km under construction. Through Neoenergia Institute, it fosters sustainable development based on social and environmental initiatives, thus contributing to improve the quality of life in the communities where it operates, with a main focus on socially vulnerable people. Neoenergia is the first company in the country to become primary sponsor of the National Women's Soccer Team, naming the national competition, which is now called Brasileirão Feminino Neoenergia (Neoenergia Women’s National Championship). Since January 2021, the company is included in the Corporate Sustainability Index portfolio of B3 – Brasil, Bolsa, Balcão – which brings together companies with the best corporate governance and sustainability practices.
Mobilize manages mobility, energy, and data services. It is part of Renault Group. Built around open ecosystems, Mobilize provides flexible mobility solutions and promotes a transition towards sustainable energy solutions, as outlined in Renault Group's goal of achieving carbon neutrality and fostering growth within the circular economy.
About Renault Brazil
With a local production for over 23 years now, Renault Brazil’s Ayrton Senna Complex is home to four plants in the city of São José dos Pinhais, state of Paraná: a passenger car plant (CVP), a light commercial vehicles plant (CVU) and a powertrain plant (CMO), as well as an aluminum die-casting plant (CIA).
With a comprehensive lineup including the Kwid, Sandero, Stepway, Logan, Duster, Oroch, Captur, and Master, as well as the all-electric Zoe E-Tech, Renault has taken an innovative approach by offering an all-online car buying process, among other solutions to make customers’ lives easier. With Renault On Demand, its long-term car rental service, Renault provides new mobility solutions that go hand in hand with a number of carsharing programs.
The car manufacturer also works in collaboration with partner organizations to deploy clean energy solutions, such as in Fernando de Noronha, where a solar carport powers more than 45 electric vehicles operated on the Island.
In charge of managing the brand’s societal and environmental initiatives across the country, Renault Institute contributes to the society’s development, for a positive impact on more than 830 thousand people throughout its 11 years, with a focus on Inclusion and Road Safety.