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

Aerial view of Michelin's Blavozy site

Michelin has established global points for improvement in two areas: products and manufacturing operations. To bring them under the spotlight, the Group made them the environmental pillar of its Ambitions for 2020 in 2013, and reasserted them at the COP 21 in the form of two objectives:

  • Product's energy performance: reduce CO2 emissions generated by tires by 20% between 2010 and 2030; reduce CO2 emissions generated by manufacturing operations by 50% between 2010 and 2050.
  • 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, since around 20% of fuel consumption can be attributed to the tires, and as much as 30% in the case of trucks. In recent years, steady improvements have led to significant gains, without compromising tire performances.

Performance indicator

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.
Michelin sites Environmental Footprint: an environmental performance index

Key figures

Environmental performance


Focus on

Training and informing the Group's personnel and partners


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