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Our 2012 environmental commitments
Respect for the environment is one of Michelin’s five core values.
Controlling the impact of Michelin products
To assess the environmental impact of our operations, independent organizations are regularly commissioned to perform detailed impact studies, whose findings help to shape our environmental stewardship. Michelin’s primary objective is to increase the energy efficiency of tires while simultaneously improving the product’s other performance factors, especially safety, rolling noise and durability.
Progress on this objective can be assessed by the Tyre Advisor, which compares the rolling resistance, tread-life and grip performance of Michelin tires with the average results of competing tires. An example of a Tyre Advisor comparison, based on data from independent organizations, is available in the following table :
The five stages of a tire's life
Since 1998, the implementation of the Group’s environmental policy in our industrial sites has been guided by the Michelin Environmental Management System (MEMS). Designed to control and reduce the environmental impact of our sites, it is the foundation of our progress approach.
Implemented in 2005 to ensure efficient and overall steering of the environmental performance of the Group’s sites, the MEF (Michelin sites Environmental Footprint) aggregates the six most relevant environmental areas related to the medium term challenges of our activities. Each component is weighted according to its relative significance. The goal for 2016 is to reduce the MEF by 45% compared with 2005. By December 31, 2012, it was already down 33%.
Michelin is assertively contributing to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the overland transportation and manufacturing industries. Michelin’s primary objective is to increase the energy efficiency of tires while simultaneously improving the product’s other performance factors, especially safety, rolling noise and durability. Reducing a tire’s rolling resistance also improves a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, which in turn reduces both harmful exhaust emissions, such as NOx and VOCs, and CO2 emissions during use.
Carbon emissions from all of the Group’s manufacturing operations, per tonne of product, have now been reduced by 21% compared with 2005.
Since 2008, production facilities have been developing new renewable energy projects each time that they offer the possibility of improving the site’s environmental and financial performance.
All told, by the end of 2012, the Michelin fuel-efficient tires sold since 1992 had saved nearly 16 billion liters of fuel and avoided the emission of almost 40 million tonnes of CO2.
Recovery of End-of-Life Tires
Lastly, Michelin is very actively involved in deploying and operating effective end-of-life tire recovery solutions, primarily based on either recovering material for reuse in such areas as synthetic surfaces, draining sub-layers, molded objects and backfill, or else energy recovering by burning scrap tires as fuel in cement plants or steel mills. 95% of end-of-life tires are recycled in Europe, 97% in Brazil
* Allemagne, Autriche, Belgique, Danemark, Espagne, Finlande, France, Grèce, Irlande, Italie, Norvège, Pays-Bas, Portugal, Royaume-Uni, Suède, Suisse
** Bulgarie, Chypre, Estonie, Hongrie, Lettonie, Lituanie, Pologne, Roumanie, Slovaquie, Slovénie,Tchéquie + Malte
*** Canada, Etats-Unis, Mexique
Graphic sources: ETRMA (European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturer’s Association), RMA (Rubber Manufacturers Association), RAC (Rubber Association of Canada), Estimatied figures for Mexico, JATMA (Japan Automobile Tyre Manufacturer Association).
2012 data to be available late 2013.
Sustainable development contact
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