On 28 June, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland (AVI) granted the environmental permit for Keliber’s lithium chemical plant. The plant will be built in Kokkola Industrial Park (KIP).
Tyremakers Pirelli and Hankook are amongst those rated in the latest Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Full results will be published on 20 November, but some details have been previewed already namely that Hankook has been recognized as the best-in-class sustainability leader in the (DJSI) World for the sixth consecutive year. Similarly, Pirelli scored maximum points in the social context for social reporting category.
Recent years have seen tyre industry interest and investment in sustainability sharply increase. In August the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published an uncompromising report warning that “Scientists are observing changes in the Earth’s climate in every region and across the whole climate system” and adding that “some…are irreversible over hundreds to thousands of years.” Here, British Tyre Manufacturers Association chief executive, Graham Willson explains why the UN red alert on climate change is a call to action and what it means for the UK tyre industry:
Michelin has expressed a wish to branch out “beyond the tyre” for a number of years. To this end, the company reports that after four years of technical and industrial development, its ResiCare subsidiary has found an initial commercial outlet for its high-performance responsible adhesive.
Last Friday was an important day for GRI in regards to its environmental engagements – the Sri Lankan tyre maker launched its ‘Greening Our Planet’ project by planting 450 rubber trees at smallholder rubber farms in Moneragala District.
Green has long been a byword for environmental awareness, and to ensure nobody doubts the credentials of its latest product, GRI Tires is offering the new Ultimate Green XT in this particular colour. The company says the tyre is its “most environmentally-friendly” product so far.
The Audi Environmental Foundation is working with the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin) and others to develop filters for urban runoff. The goal of these filters is to prevent tyre wear particles and other environmentally harmful substances from being washed into sewers and then flowing into creeks and rivers.
Giti Tire Group is expanding its commitment to sustained and environmental-friendly growth a new partnership with P4G (Partnering For Green Growth and Global Goals). Giti Group’s Cherie Nursalim has also been selected to serve as a member of P4G’s Board of Directors.
Bridgestone Corporation has been included in the STOXX Global ESG Leaders Index, a stock investment index focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors. The news, announced on 24 September, marks the second consecutive year that Bridgestone has been listed in the index.
On 12 September 2020, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology published its fourth batch of green manufacturing lists. The list includes 602 green factories, 371 green design products, 39 green parks and 50 green supply chain management demonstration enterprises.
Environmental campaigners have been protesting against Linglong’s Zrenjanin, Serbia tyre factory. At the same time the construction work, which has been variously described as either an 800 million euro or US$994 million project by different sources, has also been involved in certification disputes.
Trelleborg Wheel Systems is implementing new environmental measures at its facilities in China. These measures are linked to the country’s “three-year action plan for Blue Sky protection” to reduce air pollution, as per the 2016 Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
In the USA, the Tire Industry Association (TIA) has postponed its Lobby Day and Environmental Summit, scheduled for 6-7 May in Washington D.C., as a precautionary measure due to the spreading coronavirus.
Nokian Tyres is changing its tyre bags to more environmentally friendly ones. Producing bags partially from biomaterial reduces carbon dioxide emissions by up to 75 per cent compared to making bags from virgin or recycled plastic.