Each year, Michelin produces about 190 million tires. Taking into account the legitimate expectations of our customers, and of Society as a whole, our aim is to manufacture products that are sustainable at every stage of their life cycle.
As sustainability is a global challenge, we believe that collective action is more necessary than ever. This is why back in 2005, Michelin decided to play a key role in the creation of Tire Industry Project (TIP) and has consistently maintained a strong membership in this initiative ever since.
As the federator of the sustainable mobility community, Michelin contributes to further research and knowledge creation through TIP.
TIP is based on the core conviction that tire industry companies must put their resources together to better understand their impact on the environment and human health. Created under the umbrella of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), TIP is a CEO-led initiative, gathering 11 major tire companies that make about 65% of the world’s tire manufacturing capacity.
Discover the 4 focus areas of TIP
Tire and Road Wear Particles (TRWP)
TIP conducted the first scientific description of the mixture of tire tread and road pavement material since known as TRWP. TIP keeps furthering research to advance knowledge regarding the potential impacts of TRWP on human health and the environment. All results are available here.
At Michelin, factoring in the environmental impact of our activities runs in our DNA. Therefore we pay very close attention to all TRWP-related impact assessments that may serve to enhance and expand current scientific knowledge. Even though scientific studies have not revealed any specific risk to date, Michelin is prepared to work with the authorities and the industry to develop regulations based on a standardized method for measuring tire abrasion, for example in the European Union where work has started.
Sustainable natural rubber
TIP has spearheaded the creation of the Global Platform for Sustainable Natural Rubber (GPSNR) to improve respect for human rights, prevent land-grabbing, protect biodiversity and water resources, improve yields, and increase supply chain transparency and traceability.
End-of-Life Tires (ELT)
Tire is one of the most heavily recycled consumer products in the world. But as mobility needs keep growing, TIP supports extensive research on ELT management systems globally and is committed to explore every relevant options to make tire recycling always more efficient.
Industry environmental impact and measurement
TIP develops benchmarks, identifies data gaps and designs research to fill those gaps. TIP creates tools to help the industry to improve its environmental efficiency.