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PARIS: The circular economy business of auto manufacturer Stellantis has led to the planting of 10,000 trees in Senegal since the beginning of 2021.

Partnering with local NGO Oceanium and ecosystem restorer MyTree, Stellantis plants a tree supporting mangrove recovery in the country every time a customer opts for refurbished or remanufactured parts to repair their vehicle.

The company says its circular economy programme can save up to 80 percent of raw material and reduce energy consumption up to 50 percent compared to a new part.

Repaired parts include radios, navigation systems, screens, ECUs and automatic gearboxes; reused parts cover bodywork, bumpers, mirrors and headlights, engines and gearboxes; while renovated parts are a car’s cylinder block and cylinder head, gasoline & diesel engine, gearbox, starter and alternator, air conditioning compressor, particulate filter, turbocharger, radiator and brake calipers.

Last month Stellantis announced a used parts insurance programme via Europ Assistance for customers of its e-commerce subsidiary B-Parts.

B-Parts car repair shops and end-customers can now purchase reused parts from a multi-language online shop with a free 12-month insurance period plus up to €150 to cover labour costs on engines and gearboxes.

Founded in 2015 and based in Porto, the company offers a warranty for over four million original reused parts via a network of dismantlers in Europe to customers in 115 countries.

"It is with great enthusiasm that we have entered into a new partnership within the automotive repair market,” said Europ Assistance CCO Portugal João Horta e Costa. ”This is an area for which there is little offer, therefore, we believe it is important to offer the customer the possibility of having insurance included which allows purchasing these components in a safer way, without risks and safeguarding additional cost," he added.
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