THE NEW, ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WHEEL GENERATION
RONAL R60-blue: This is how we lead the way for a better environment
As tangible proof of our commitment, we have more or less reinvented the wheel! With the RONAL R60-blue wheel, we have set and achieved ambitious sustainability goals.
This makes the wheel not only a perfect ambassador for PLANBLUE but also a pioneer of a new, environmentally-friendly generation of wheels. This wheel is designed to fit vehicles such as the VW Golf GTE Hybrid, e-Golf, Toyota Auris Hybrid, Prius Hybrid, and more. Above all, it is characterized by a 20% lower CO2 emission level during materials manufacturing and production.
RONAL R70-blue: The world’s first carbon-neutral recycled wheel
The R70-blue is the second sustainable product in our portfolio. During development, we took the cradle-to-cradle approach, which is a regenerative system that uses and reuses resources.
The wheel is produced in Germany using 100% green electricity. It consists of mostly reused aluminum, which is 100% recyclable.
For emissions that cannot be avoided in the production of the RONAL R70-blue, we compensate for all our CO2 emissions with the help of a Gold Standard certified project.
In addition, the R70-blue also covers other environmentally friendly and social aspects. These include ecological packaging containing grass fiber and recycled paper and short transport routes from the German production facility in Landau to the logistic center in Forst.
Our innovative carbon-neutral R70-blue wheel fits a wide range of compact and mid-size models, and is particularly suitable for the new generation of electric and hybrid cars such as the VW ID.3.
TÜV certification for the R70-blue
The environment and sustainability department of the RONAL GROUP has determined the product carbon footprint of the R70-blue and obtained certification by TÜV. To classify the resulting greenhouse gas emissions, three scenarios were calculated in comparison to the R70-blue with different primary aluminum, volume of selected secondary aluminum, and energy source.
Compared with the worst-case scenario, the carbon footprint of the R70-blue was reduced by nearly 100 kg CO2eq. On the one hand, this can be traced back to the materials used (primary aluminum with a reduced carbon footprint as well as secondary material, i.e. pre-consumer and post-consumer aluminum), and on the other hand to the production process (use of 100% green energy and offsetting of all carbon emissions from gas consumption). The result: With the R70-blue, the CO2eq. emissions can be reduced by 66% during production compared with a standard wheel.
Commissioned by RONAL AG, TÜV Rheinland carried out critical testing of the product carbon footprint report in accordance with the international standard DIN EN ISO 14067:2019. The goal of this critical review is to examine the reliability, transparency, and representativeness of the methods and data used in the study. This approach serves as the foundation for certification by TÜV Rheinland, which was granted in July 2021 and confirmed in November 2022.
Life cycle assessment of our light alloy wheels for passenger cars
To provide an overview of the current CO2eq. emissions and other environmental impacts per wheel, we have performed a life cycle assessment.
This has two goals: On the one hand, assessment of the environmental aspects of an average light alloy wheel of the RONAL GROUP over the entire “cradle to grave” life cycle. On the other hand, we also highlight the environmental impact of the light alloy wheels manufactured at the RONAL GROUP production locations throughout the world, taking a “cradle to grave” approach.
The full LCA report was critically reviewed by TÜV Rheinland Energy GmbH in January 2023 to validate the reliability, transparency, relevance and representativeness of the methods and data used in the study.
The summary of the LCA can be viewed here: