The Michelin Environmental Footprint

To improve Group sites' environmental performance, we must first be able to measure their performance. That's why Michelin defined an environmental performance indicator in 2005. 

Known as the Michelin Environmental Footprint (MEF), it covers the six environmental issues most relevant to the medium-term challenges presented by the Group's production operations.


This composite indicator includes data including:

  • resource consumption (energy, water)
  • air emissions (VOCs, CO2)
  • waste generated and waste landfilled


The MEF is included in the Group dashboard: It is one of eight strategic indicators used by each site to assess its level of operational excellence.

Michelin environnemental footprint

Objectives for 2020

1. Halve our sites' environmental impact as measured by the MEF (Michelin site Environmental Footprint), including a 38 percent improvement in energy efficiency compared with 2005.


2. Promote responsible logistics and cut CO2 emissions by 10 percent.


3. Evaluate the Group's top 400 suppliers on sustainable development, encourage them to do better and provide support to help 70 percent of them achieve "confirmed" status on Michelin's standards.


  • 50.7 percent from 2005 to 2019. This reduction in the MEF offsets the environmental impact of the Group's five largest units.
  • In 2017, 59 sites had a reclamation rate of more than 95 percent and 26 sites achieved "zero waste landfilled."

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