Michelin is coordinating 7 industrial partners, 5 Research & Technological Organizations (RTOs) and an innovation cluster into a European consortium designing pioneering processes to produce new tyres from end-of-life tyres (ELTs). The project, called BlackCycle owing to its focus on developing a circular economy for tyres, is run across five countries.
The practice of remanufacturing, described by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) in its 2018 Automotive Sustainability Report as ‘the backbone of the circular economy’, Autoelectro’s Nick Hood shares the feedback he’s received on the practice while out in the field.
Established in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition from the current ‘take, make and dispose’ extractive industrial model to a circular economy, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation acts as educator, communicator and lobbyist for this issue. The Isle of Wight-based organisation’s Circular Economy 100 (CE100) programme is a key vehicle for spreading the message, and today Bridgestone Corporation has announced it has come on board.