Tyre maker Bridgestone Corporation says that it has successfully transitioned all the electricity purchased to renewable energy sources at six tyre and raw materials plants in Japan. The company has also began transitioning to renewable energy sources at two chemical and industrial products plants (Seki and Kumamoto Plant), and it plans to systematically expand use of renewable energy sources going forward. In addition to the initiative in 2021 when the company transitioned to renewable energy sources for 100% of the electricity purchased at four tyre plants, the transitions this time will raise the renewable energy ratio (electricity) used at production bases in Japan to around 90%.
It adds that it has placed sustainability at the core of its management and business and strives to realise its vision of “Toward 2050, Bridgestone continues to provide social and customer value as a sustainable solutions company.”
Regarding the realisation of carbon neutrality, Bridgestone aims to achieve its target of reducing absolute CO2 emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 50% by 2030, compared to 2011, and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. Bridgestone’s 2030 Long Term Strategic Aspiration*5 also describes its efforts to promote the Green & Smart factory. Specially, Bridgestone seeks to source more than 50% of its energy (electricity) from renewable energy by 2023 and challenge to achieve approx. 100% renewable energy (electricity) by 2030. Bridgestone has transitioned to renewable energy sources for all electricity purchased at all of Bridgestone EMIA’s locations in Europe and two plants in China (Tianjin and Wuxi) in addition to plants in Japan.
Bridgestone has also begun using solar power at plants in Japan, Thailand, the US, and Europe.
Looking ahead, Bridgestone adds it intends to transition to renewable energy sources for the electricity purchased at all of its bases while also accelerating CO2 emissions reductions through the expansion of solar power generation and the improvement of energy efficiency.
The following Bridgestone plants in Japan source renewable energy for 100% of purchased electricity.