The Bridgestone plant at Chakan in Pune, India is the company’s first tyre manufacturing site to be verified as carbon neutral (scopes 1 and 2). Global assurance partner audited the facility in May and June 2023 and subsequently verified it according to the international PAS 2060:2014 standard for the year 2022.
Michelin reports that its inflatable Wing Sail Mobility (WISAMO) system has been installed on the Compagnie Maritime Nantaise ro-ro container ship MN Pelican. The vessel is testing the inflatable system’s endurance and use on its weekly rotations between Bilbao, Spain and Poole, UK. Feedback generated by these tests will support the giant wing sail’s ongoing development.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz carved a tyre prototype and inspected a truck & bus tyre retreading facility during his visit to Continental’s Hannover-Stöcken site yesterday. Accompanied by Dr Ariane Reinhart and Christian Kötz, Scholz also used the event as an opportunity to talk about carbon neutrality just two days after his government enforced the deactivation of Germany’s last three CO2-free nuclear power plants.
Thanks to its delivery of low-CO2 steel wheel options to commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleets, Maxion Wheels says it is “ahead of the curve on carbon footprint savings.” But the world’s largest wheel manufacturer anticipates that by 2025, it will be able to offer steel commercial vehicle wheels with a cradle-to-gate carbon footprint more than 65 per cent lower than current wheels.
Goodyear has supplied Kmax Gen-2 steer and drive axle tyres for a vehicle billed as the world’s first fully-electric 40-tonne tractor unit boasting 900-kilowatt hours (kWh) of battery capacity. The Futuricum-made truck has been in daily use with Swiss logistics firm Galliker Transport AG since October 2021.
Four in a row – For 2021, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has once again awarded Continental the highest grade in its Supplier Engagement rating. This makes Continental one of the eight per cent of companies awarded 2021 leadership status by the international non-profit organisation for supplier commitment to climate change.
Global non-profit CDP, which runs the Supplier Engagement Leader, has once again named Bridgestone Corporation to this world leading environmental disclosure platform. This is the third consecutive year and fifth occasion overall that CDP has included Bridgestone on its the Supplier Engagement Leader with the highest ‘A’ rating in Supplier Engagement Rating.
Automotive supplier Mahle reports achieving CO2 neutrality at its production sites in Germany during the course of last year. This represents an important step in the plan to achieve company-wide CO2 neutral production by 2040. The company also aims to annually increase the use of self-generated power from renewable sources.
If you weren’t aware that Michelin has developed a system of sails for larger boats and ships, then you’re not alone. But it has indeed, and presented an automated, telescopic, inflatable wing sail system that can be fitted on both merchant ships and pleasure craft at the 2021 Movin’On event. The Wing Sail Mobility (WISAMO) system will soon be installed on a ConRo vessel sailing between Spain and the UK.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced a goal of reaching net-zero value chain greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050, aligned with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and its new Net-Zero Standard. The company also announced its commitment to achieve near-term science-based targets by 2030, and in 2022 will submit both targets to SBTi for independent validation.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber may soon be utilising carbon black produced from methane and/or biomethane in its tyres thanks to a new partnership with US-based clean materials firm Monolith. The two companies have signed a collaboration agreement and letter of intent covering the development and potential use of such products, which are made through a plasma-based methane pyrolysis process.
Cabot Corporation has aligned its sustainability agenda with the Paris Climate Agreement to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Announcing its commitment to the agreement today, Cabot says this decision demonstrates its “ongoing commitment to protect the planet and further the company’s robust sustainability journey.”
The governing body of world motorsport has awarded Pirelli’s motorsport division three stars as part of its Environmental Accreditation Programme. This is the highest score that the FIA awards within the programme and gives only to participants who have demonstrated the best environmental standards in a series of measures.
Continental is calling for politicians in its homeland to develop a more targeted concept for achieving carbon neutrality, and warns that now is the time to identify new employment opportunities brought about by climate transformation. Without a targeted concept and greater momentum, the company fears the German government’s determination to reach self-imposed climate targets by 2045 will result in serious disruption.
Under a new ten-year agreement, Nordic energy company Gasum will supply renewable wind energy for the electricity Nokian Tyres uses in its factory in Finland as well as its Vianor operations within the country. Supply of power produced at a new wind farm in North Ostrobotnia will start in 2023.