Nokian claims lowest emissions in tyre industry

Nokian claims lowest emissions in tyre industryNokian Tyres says it has reached one of its key emissions reduction targets seven years ahead of schedule. One of the company’s science-based greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets was to cut its tyre factories’ CO2 emissions by 52% per production tonne by 2030 compared to the emissions level in 2015. The target was already achieved in 2023. Nokian Tyres’ says its factory emissions per production tonne are the lowest in the tyre industry, but the company continues its work to reduce them even more.

In 2015 the direct CO2 emissions from the factories were 723 kg per tonne of tyres, so reducing them by 52% means that they are below 347 kg per tonne of tyres, which was the target level for the year 2030. However, in 2023 Nokian Tyres is already progressing rapidly toward a level of less than 200 kg per tonne of tyres manufactured

The level of Nokian Tyres’ direct CO2 emissions was the lowest in the tyre industry already last year, it claims. In 2022, Nokian Tyres direct CO2 emissions were 420 kg per tonne of tyres manufactured, whereas the majority of tire manufacturers operate between 700 and 1,100 kg.

“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. In the best case, it leads to setting new sustainability benchmarks that can have a positive impact on how the whole industry operates,” says Teppo Huovila, Vice President of Quality, Sustainability and Supply operations business development at Nokian Tyres.

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

The CO2 emissions from tyre production are mainly the result of the energy mix used in the factories. Thus, to reduce emissions, most of the purchased energy has to be from zero-CO2-emission sources. Improvements in energy efficiency reduce both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. At Nokian Tyres, energy efficiency is considered when procuring new machinery, utilising heat recovery solutions, and also, for example, in updating lighting with energy-saving led solutions.

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

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