The Green Attitude for Earthmover tyres
The Michelin Green Attitude applied to Earthmover tyres
Choice of raw materials and production processes
The impacts of tyre manufacture on the environment are limited compared with their impact whilst in use, accounting for only 6 to 10% of their total footprint, extraction of raw materials and distribution included. Michelin are endeavouring to reduce this still further by organising strict raw materials management.
By making better use of our raw material, we have managed to design the lightest Earthmover and Industrial Truck tyres on the market. This means fewer materials used, lighter tyres and therefore products consuming less energy to get them moving.
To reduce emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC), Michelin have also made a drastic reduction in the use of solvents in production processes.
Michelin have also elected to apply a European directive on the elimination of aromatic oils world-wide, thus becoming the first tyre manufacturer entirely “without aromatic oil”, which represents a major technological challenge and an important ecological advance.
Our production sites
All our Earthmover tyre factories are ISO 14001 certified. These standards confirm the presence and application of an environmental management policy.
Michelin also carry out internal audits on their suppliers to make sure that they comply with the environmental and social regulations in their countries. 80% of the raw materials we use come from ISO 14001 certified sites.
In addition, Michelin are developing the use of renewable energy : wind power, biomass and solar energy. These new methods of energy production reduce direct and indirect CO2 emissions by 30,000 tonnes a year.
At Le Puy-en-Velay, the Earthmover tyre site in France, we have more than 17000 solar panels, covering the area of 3 football pitches, catering for the electricity requirements of 1200 homes. This is one of the largest solar energy areas on an industrial site in France.