Renault Trucks will build a new positive energy building at the heart of its Saint-Priest site in Lyon. The building will span 46,000 square meters for €132 million investment. As the distribution centre’s century-old building in Vénissieux was no longer suited to the environmental and operational requirements of its logistics activities, Renault Trucks examined all options, including transferal to another site.

In the end, the manufacturer opted to relocate its logistics platform to the Saint-Priest site, where its axle manufacturing plant is currently located. Moreover, this plant is preparing to move to neighbouring Vénissieux, near the engine manufacturing plant. Over the next three years, major work will be carried out to relocate the logistics platform to the site of the old plant, which will first require the demolition of the existing building and soil decontamination. The rehabilitation of this industrial site will comply with the principle of zero soil artificialisation.

Renault Trucks to have a positive energy building close to Lyon

The building, which is due to open in 2028, will host more than 500 employees and will comprise a flexible, scalable 46,000 m² warehouse integrating standard storage, a fully automated area dedicated to small parts, and an area reserved for battery storage.

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Furthermore, the new distribution centre is designed to be a positive energy building. Equipped with photovoltaic panels on the entire roof, it will produce renewable electricity to cover not only its own requirements (including for heating the building, forklift trucks and recharging electric vehicles), but also those of neighbouring buildings. All the building’s facilities will be 100% fossil fuel-free, using this renewable electricity.

“The construction of our new logistics platform in Lyon is a strategic investment for Renault Trucks. It strengthens the long-term viability of our site and reflects our desire to build a solid, sustainable future based on innovation, offering new long-term opportunities for current and future employees”, commented Bruno Blin, President of Renault Trucks.

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