Vaculug commits to Net Zero by 2030
New sustainability appointments bolster firm’s strategy
UK tyre retreader Vaculug has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030. The pledge means that greenhouse gases produced by Vaculug will be balanced by the amount removed from the atmosphere. The company says it recognises the importance of becoming a sustainable company and is committed to achieving net zero by changing the way it operates. The company notes that it is “the first tyre retreader” to make this pledge.
Vaculug has followed its appointment of Prem Devarajan as its new chief sustainability officer with the addition of Kaya Axelsson, who will develop its sustainability strategy and formulate its path to net zero. Axelsson is the Net Zero Policy Engagement Fellow at Oxford University where she works to support the practical application of net zero research insights. The company’s latest commitments follow its “#SustainableThinking focus for 2021” which recognises the need to tackle the increasingly urgent climate crisis.
Vaculug has already taken steps to reduce its carbon footprint by making improvements in the factory. Its new bespoke thermal insulation systems reduce carbon emissions by 950 tonnes per year. Most recently it has invested in a new forklift programme to lower energy consumption and emissions. Following the launch of the world’s first A-rated retread tyre in July, Vaculug said more product developments aimed at reducing customers’ carbon footprints are in the pipeline.
Vaculug stated: “we are proud to be the first retreader in the UK to make such a positive commitment. More needs to be done to fight the climate crisis and hopefully others will follow this commitment and join us on our journey to net zero.”