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Michelin takes a look back at COP21

Two weeks of intense discussions at COP21 led to an ambitious agreement on climate change. It signals a faster move toward low emissions and cleaner energy, and proves there is a common goal between governments and companies, especially in transports. As a partner of COP21, Michelin seized the opportunity to reaffirm its commitment to sustainable development.

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Transports at the heart of discussions

Patrick Oliva, External Relations Director in the Domains of Sustainable Mobility and Energy Transition for Michelin Group, was one of the main organizer of the Transport Day event during COP21. This event underscored a clear commitment by many stakeholders in the transport domain to develop sustainable mobility. This common drive is now embodied by the Paris Process on Mobility and Carbon (PPMC) which unites 150 organizations and companies to promote a global agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in transports. PPMC follows on from United Nations SLoCaT( Partnership on Sustainable, Low Carbon Transport) initiative and Michelin Challenge Bibendum.

A common roadmap between public and private actors

To efficiently fight against global warming, a true public-private partnership is mandatory. Public actors have to create the conditions of sustainable mobility by establishing ambitious goals and fair rules that stimulate innovation and virtuous initiatives. It is especially important to establish a global carbon pricing system to guarantee the economic competitively of companies that are committing to sustainable mobility. As a member of World Bank’s Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, Michelin is calling to accelerate the use of carbon pricing around the world.

Private sector’s task is to create sustainable mobility. It needs to invent the products and services which will enable the spread of clean vehicles, the development of smart transport systems and tackle the future challenges of urban mobility, foreseeing that 70 percent of world population will live in cities by 2050. Every transport actors have to be involved and work together towards this goal.

Sustainable mobility is written in Michelin raison d’être. The Group already played a unifying role with initiatives such as Michelin Challenge Bibendum. It intends to pursue its efforts with an ever growing number of partners.

Michelin objectives

15 percent of greenhouse gas emissions comes from transports. To respect COP21 objectives, we need to improve the energy efficiency of vehicles, and in particular of tires, which accounts for about 20 percent of fuel consumption.

Michelin has been working on energy efficiency for decades. In 1992, we invented the “green tire”, the first low-energy tire. Thanks to continuous R&D investments of about €600 million per year, we are now providing our customers with the 6th generation of an ever more efficient green tire. On a larger scale, Michelin has committed to reduce by 20 percent its tires CO2 emissions by 2030.

The Group also has committed to cut by 50% the carbon footprint of its manufacturing sites by supporting the development of renewable energy. Finally Michelin is leading an ambitious rubber trees plantation program with zero deforestation. This program has multiple benefits: it guarantees raw material supply, it prevents deforestation and the planted rubber trees act as carbon sink.