1. Articles in category: Environment & Sustainability

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    1. CARB will regulate tire pressure starting in July 2010

      Last week, the California Air Resources Board - fresh from not banning black cars - adopted a regulation to force the 40,000 businesses in "California's automotive maintenance industry to check the tire pressure of every vehicle they service." This means that, starting in July of 2010, when you bring your car in for service in California, the shop will have to make sure that your tires filled to the manufacturer's recommended air pressure level. CARB estimates that this will save the average Californian about $12 a year.

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    2. Bridgestone, ARLANXEO and Solvay launch TECHSYN for unrivalled environmental performance

      Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, ARLANXEO, a world-leading synthetic rubber producer, and Solvay, one of the world´s top science companies and worldwide leader in Highly Dispersible Silica (HDS), both for innovation and for manufacturing, have today announced the launch of TECHSYN, a new, co-developed tyre technology platform enabling tyres to deliver unrivalled strength and environmental performance.

       

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    3. In 2050, MICHELIN tires will be 100% sustainable

      By 2050, MICHELIN tires will be made entirely from renewable, recycled, biosourced or otherwise sustainable materials.

      Inspired by the VISION concept tire introduced in 2017, an airless, connected, rechargeable and entirely sustainable solution, the Michelin Group is committed to making its tires 100% sustainable by 2050. Today, nearly 30%* of the components used in the manufacture of tires produced by the Michelin Group are already made from natural, recycled or otherwise sustainable raw materials. A Michelin tire is a high-tech product comprising more than 200 ingredients. The main one is natural rubber, but the many ingredients also include synthetic rubber, metal, fibers and components that strengthen a tire’s structure, like carbon black, silica and plasticizers (resins, etc.). Incorporated in perfect proportions, these materials interact to deliver an optimal balance of performance, driveability and safety, while steadily reducing the tire’s environmental impact.
      Source: Michelin
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    4. Michelin to ship tires by sail in effort to reduce emissions

      French multinational Michelin Tire has signed up to ship some of the tires it makes in Nova Scotia across the Atlantic to France on a cargo vessel powered mainly by sail.

      The agreement with Neoline, a startup shipping line based in Nantes, France, is being explained as an effort to reduce Michelin's greenhouse gas emissions.

      "This initiative and this new partnership promote innovation in the field of carbon-free transport," Pierre-Martin Huet, Michelin Group's supply chain director, said in a statement.

      Michelin has committed to move about 100 containers a year from Halifax to the port of Saint-Nazaire in Brittany on a yet-to-be-built commercial sailing ship when it begins a new transatlantic service in 2023.

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    5. Michelin Wins Sustainability Award for Natural Rubber Sustainable Supply Chain

      SINGAPORE - Media OutReach - 17 December 2020 - Michelin has won the 'Smart Mobility' award from the European Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (EuroCham) at its inaugural EuroCham Sustainability Awards 2020, held virtually on November 17, 2020. The award recognized Michelin's continued efforts to ensure that its raw materials, in particular natural rubber, are sustainably and ethically sourced.

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    6. Cleaner, stronger, harder: New tech improves sustainable concrete

      Researchers have developed a new technology to manufacture concrete made from recycled materials that is stronger and more durable than the traditional product.

      Recycled concrete aggregates made with everything from coffee cups to building rubble offer huge environmental benefits, from reducing landfill and COemissions, to saving natural resources and boosting the circular economy.

      Despite ongoing improvements however, challenges with matching the strength and durability of traditional concrete have hindered the practical application of these sustainable alternatives.

      Now researchers from RMIT have developed a new method for casting prefabricated concrete products made with rubber tyres and construction and demolition waste that are up to 35% stronger than traditional concrete.

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    7. Nokian targets tire made from 100% recycled and renewable materials

      Nokian Tires says it intends to develop a tire concept that uses 100% recycled materials by 2025.

      “We develop our winter tires with decades of knowledge of winter conditions. Each new generation builds on the previous, as we are continuously learning and developing new ways to safely adapt to the changing world around us,” said Anu Moisio, brand manager for Nokian Tyres. 

      “We want the drivers who choose Nokian Tyres products to know that not only can they safeguard their families’ journeys with their tire choice, but that their decision will also respect the world we all live in.”

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    8. RPRA Announces Consultation on Distribution of the Ontario Tire Stewardship Surplus

      The Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority is consulting on Ontario Tire Stewardship’s (OTS) plan to return remaining Used Tires Program surplus funds to stewards. The plan was developed by Grant Thornton Limited, the court appointed OTS liquidator, as a Surplus Funds Addendum to the Used Tires Program Wind-Up Plan. The proposed addendum includes:

      • which tire classes are eligible to share in the surplus
      • a proposed methodology to allocate funds to stewards
      • a proposal to address the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ direction that the surplus funds returned to stewards be used to benefit consumers

      You can review the proposed addendum and provide your feedback between January 29 and February 26, 2021. Learn more about the consultation process.

      The Authority is hosting a webinar on Thursday, February 11, 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. to present the proposed addendum, answer questions and solicit feedback from stakeholders.  

      Register ...

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    9. The long-and-winding road toward more circular tires

      Ventures focused on circular economy advances haven’t historically represented a sexy funding category, but December and early January brought the closing of two high-profile investment infusions: $55 million for AMP Robotics, which is using artificial intelligence to reinvent recycling infrastructure, and $25 million for TerraCycle’s Loop venture, which combines e-commerce with reusable containers.

      Indeed, if you poke deeper into developments during the long and winding road that was 2020, it appears more investors are becoming willing to kick the tires (so to speak) when it comes to companies focused on turning someone else’s waste into a saleable product that keeps said waste from winding up in a landfill. 

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    10. Bridgestone Leverages Big Data to Implement Optimal Plantation for Higher Yield in Para Rubber Tree Farms

      Bridgestone Leverages Big Data to Implement Optimal Plantation for Higher Yield in Para Rubber Tree Farms

      Bridgestone Corporation announced that it has developed an optimization system for Para rubber tree plantation that utilizes big data to contribute to higher yield at rubber farms. Rubber farms deploy different clones of trees across vast areas and face various management issues, such as how to optimize the number of trees in a planting area and harvest procedures.

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    11. Bridgestone To Debut Virtual City of the Future, Showcase Mobility Solutions at CES 2021

      Bridgestone To Debut Virtual City of the Future, Showcase Mobility Solutions at CES 2021

      NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone), a global company focused on delivering sustainable mobility and advanced solutions to customers around the world, announced it will return to CES 2021, held virtually this year on Jan. 11-14, 2021. As...

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    12. Tire Particles: Looking at The Big Picture Through (Very Small) Particles

      As public concern over environmental pollution evolves and focuses on new areas, businesses continue to seek solutions. Some aspects of the problem, like cutting down on disposable plastic bottles or reducing emissions, have been studied extensively. Other areas, such as microplastics in the environment, are much newer and their implications are still being understood. 

      Found in oceans and waterways, soil and land ecosystems, and even the air, microplastics are most commonly associated with degraded plastic packaging and microbeads used in personal care products. Less known sources of microplastics in the environment include synthetic clothing fibers, which shed when laundered and enter the water system, and the tiny particles of tires that are released through wear and tear as more than 1 billion vehicles travel the roads each year.

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      Mentions: emissions tires TRWP
    13. Tire Maker Michelin Rolling Toward Greener Future

      Extending the usable life of a tire is part of Michelin’s overall sustainability strategy, says Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America. In addition, the company is working to develop new sources of biomaterials.

      Hydrogen is emerging as part of Michelin’s business plan for the next decade as it maneuvers to maintain a sustainable course through a rapidly changing mobility landscape.

      The tire maker already has built its first zero-emission plant as part of a broad effort within the company to become carbon neutral by 2050, Alexis Garcin, chairman and president of Michelin North America, says during a webinar sponsored by the North American International Auto Show.

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    14. Nokian Publishes Plan to Achieve CO2 Reduction Targets

      Nokian Tyres has published a plan from Teppo Huovila, Nokian global vice president of quality and sustainability, detailing how the company plans to achieve its CO2 emissions reduction targets.

      Nokian says it has already been working for over 10 years in order to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The company says the rolling resistance of its tires, which is one of the factors affecting fuel economy, has been reduced by an average of 8% from the 2013 level, and if the company chooses 2005 as the benchmark, the improvement has been approximately 20%. Factory CO2 emissions per tire have been reduced by 44% between 2013 and 2019, Nokian adds.

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    15. CDP Reconfirms Pirelli a Leader in the Fight Against Climate Change

      Milan, 8 December 2020 – Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has been reconfirmed as a global leader in the fight against climate change earning a place in the Climate A list prepared by the CDP (former Carbon Disclosure Project), the international non-profit organization which gathers, distributes and promotes information on environmental issues.

      The “A”rating, which is given to only a few companies of the thousands participating, is the highest score that a company can receive. It takes into consideration the effectiveness of the efforts made to reduce emissions and climate risks and to develop a low carbon emission economy, as well as the completeness and transparency of information provided and the adoption of the best practices associated with climate impact.

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    16. Re-Inventing the Wheel: How CEOs Are Driving the Sustainable Tire of the Future

      ... Back in 2005 a group of leading tire company CEOs set out to study a range of tire lifecycle issues on an organized basis.

      The idea gave birth to the Tire Industry Project. Organized as a voluntary collaboration under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the group’s membership is currently comprised of 11 major tire companies and co-led by Bridgestone, Goodyear and Michelin.

      “The main role of TIP is to generate knowledge and science related to human health and environmental impacts,” Director Anne Cécile Rémont told TriplePundit. “TIP came from CEOs who realized that if they mutualized their efforts, it would be more efficient, and they would achieve a much greater impact.”

       

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    17. USTMA, The Ray, and University of Missouri Announce Research Partnership Project to Assess Knowledge on Environmental Impact, Benefits of Rubber Modified Asphalt

      WASHINGTON – December 2, 2020 – The U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), in partnership with The Ray, a nonprofit proving ground for sustainable transportation technologies, today announced a research project to assess and compile existing research on the performance, environmental impacts and benefits of using ground tire rubber (GTR) in asphalt. The compiled research will result in a state of knowledge report that outlines existing research and identifies data gaps in the use of ground tire rubber in rubber modified asphalt. 

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    18. Pirelli Elect: The Tyre That Increases Autonomy, Reduces Onboard Noise and Maximises Grip

      Low rolling resistance to increase autonomy, decreased road noise for ultimate comfort, immediate grip that puts the power down for a quick getaway, and a special structure designed to support the weight of a battery-powered vehicle. These are the key characteristics of Pirelli Elect tyres, developed by Pirelli together with leading car manufacturers to meet...

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    19. Hankook Tire Listed by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World for the Fifth Consecutive Year

      Hankook Tire Listed by Dow Jones Sustainability Indices World for the Fifth Consecutive Year

      NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Global leading tire company Hankook Tire announced that the company has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) World for the fifth consecutive year. The DJSI tracks the stock performance of the world's leading companies...

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    20. Pirelli And Rivian Develop Special RIV Elect Tires For R1T And R1S

      Having the best hardware and software is not all that electric cars need to be successful. In highly efficient and silent vehicles, tires play a much more important role than they do in combustion-engined machines. They have to have low rolling resistance and also be much quieter than regular ones.

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    21. Pirelli Chosen as OE Fitment on Rivian Pickup, SUV

      Pirelli Chosen as OE Fitment on Rivian Pickup, SUV

      The EV startup Rivian has chosen the Pirelli Scorpion range to fit its R1T pickup, which begins production in June 2021, and its R1S electric SUV.

      Pirelli says it developed versions of its Scorpion Verde All Season, Scorpion Zero All Season and Scorpion All Terrain tires (Pirelli’s dedicated range for SUVs and pickups) to meet Rivian’s specifications, and to enhance the vehicles’ characteristics following the “Pirelli Perfect Fit” strategy.

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    22. Enviro expects final partnership agreement with Michelin during the fourth quarter

      Scandinavian Enviro Systems (publ) and the French global tyre manufacturer Michelin assess that a final agreement regarding a strategic partnership is expected to be reached during the fourth quarter 2020 instead of before the end of October, which Enviro has previously communicated. The reason for the delay is the ongoing pandemic which has led to protracted negotiations.

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    23. Bridgestone Unveils “A Layered Journey” Sustainability Campaign

      Bridgestone Unveils “A Layered Journey” Sustainability Campaign

      Bridgestone, a global leader in sustainable mobility and advanced solutions, has announced today a new campaign inviting partners to participate in building a stronger society. In A Layered Journey, Bridgestone highlights ways the company is incorporating sustainability in its value chain with a focus on its commitment to sustainable procurement of natural rubber.

      The campaign travels from the forest where rubber trees are tapped for latex, continuing through production where recycled materials are incorporated into new tires, toward innovation that can extend product lifecycles and uncover circular uses for materials.  

       

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