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Nokian Tyres records lowest direct CO2 emissions in tyre industry

The tyre company has reached one of its key emissions reduction targets seven years ahead of schedule

Nokian Tyres has revealed it has cut its tyre factories’ CO2 emissions by 52 per cent per production tonne, seven years ahead of schedule.

In 2015, the direct CO2 emissions from the factories were 723 kilograms per tonne of tyres, with a goal of below 347 kilograms per tonne of tyres by 2030.

However, in 2023, Nokian Tyres is already progressing rapidly toward a level of less than 200 kilograms per tonne of tyres manufactured.

The level of its direct CO2 emissions was the lowest in the tyre industry already last year, with direct CO2 emissions sitting at 420 kilograms per tonne of tyres manufactured, whereas most tyre manufacturers operate between 700 and 1100 kilograms. 

“Urgent actions are needed to tackle climate change, so even though Nokian Tyres’ factory greenhouse gas emissions are at an industry-leading level, we consider it important to cut the emissions to zero as soon as technically possible,” Nokian Tyres vice president of operations Teppo Huovila says.

“In the best case, it leads to setting new sustainability benchmarks that can have a positive impact on how the whole industry operates.”

The already-achieved target is one of Nokian Tyres’ four science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Two of the targets are related to emissions from the supply chain, and one target is to reduce emissions during tyre use. 

“Besides the emissions from tyre manufacturing, the emissions during tyre use are something that Nokian Tyres’ own actions and choices can influence the most. The lower the rolling resistance of tyres, the less fuel or energy the vehicle consumes,” Huovila says.

“Between 2013-2022, Nokian Tyres has reduced the rolling resistance of its tyres by 8.5 per cent on average. This equals to the exhaust fumes of 65,000 cars annually.”

The CO2 emissions from tyre production are mainly the result of the energy mix used in the factories. Therefore, to reduce emissions, most of the purchased energy has to be from zero-CO2-emission sources.

Nokian Tyres is in the process of updating its science-based climate targets to be even more ambitious. 

The company is committed to setting targets that enable net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

It says an important step on the journey is the new factory that Nokian Tyres is currently building in Oradea, Romania, as it will be the first zero CO2 emission tyre factory in the world. 

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