Committed environmental policy
Limiting the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations is a major goal for Michelin. The Group actively combats climate change and is committed to protecting biodiversity around its sites.
Points for improvement
Michelin has established global points for improvement in two areas: products and manufacturing operations. To bring them under the spotlight, in 2013 the Group made them the environmental pillar of the Ambitions for 2020 in the form of three objectives:
- Product performance: widen our lead
- Responsible production: shrink the Michelin Environmental Footprint (MEF) to 40% below its 2010 level by 2020.
- Responsible manufacturing: become a standard-setter by promoting responsible logistics and reducing the Group's CO2 emissions by 10%.
Environmental impact of a tire
The bulk of a tire's environmental impact occurs during use and is the result of rolling resistance. Reducing rolling resistance is one of the main objectives of the Group's researchers. In recent years, steady improvements have led to significant gains, without compromising tire performances.
To improve Group sites' environmental performance, we need to be able to measure it. This is why Michelin defined an environmental performance indicator in 2005.
Called the Michelin Environmental Footprint (MEF), it spans the six most important environmental factors for the Group's medium-term manufacturing operations. This compound indicator comprises:
- resource usage (water, energy and waste generation),
- atmospheric emissions (VOCs and CO2),
- waste sent to landfill.
Training and informing the Group's personnel and partners
When the Michelin Environmental Management System was rolled out, special training courses were made available to ensure everyone working on certified sites was aware of the environmental issues. To date, that represents over 90,000 employees, subcontractors and temporary workers. The courses cover the main impacts of the site's operations and are tailored to the specific workstation.