Committed environmental policy
Limiting the environmental impact of its products and manufacturing operations is a major goal for Michelin. The Group actively combats climate change and is committed to protecting biodiversity around its sites.
Points for improvement
Michelin has established global points for improvement in two areas: products and manufacturing operations. To bring them under the spotlight, the Group made them the environmental pillar of its Ambitions for 2020 in 2013, and reasserted them at the COP 21 in the form of two objectives:
- Product’s energy performance:
- save 3 billion liters of fuel over the lifespan of our tires, thereby reducing CO2 emissions be more than 8 million tonnes compared with 2010
- contribute to the development of a circular economy by increasing the percentage of renewable or recycled materials in our tires to 30%.
- Responsible manufacturing: become a standard-setter by
- promoting responsible logistics and reducing the Group’s CO2 emissions by 10% compared with 2010
- reducing the environmental impact of our plants (as measured by the MEF, Michelin Environmental Footprint) by 50% in relation to 2005.
Environmental impact of a tire
More than 90% of the environmental impact of the tire occurs in-use phase. 20 to 30% of car fuel consumption is related to the tire: by lowing rolling resistance, we reduce fuel consumption. In recent years, our engineers managed to significantly low rolling resistance of our tires without jeopardizing their level of performances.
To improve Group sites’ environmental performance, we need to be able to measure it. This is why Michelin defined an environmental performance indicator in 2005.
Called the Michelin Environmental Footprint (MEF), it spans the six most important environmental factors for the Group’s medium-term manufacturing operations. This compound indicator comprises:
- resource usage (water, energy and waste generation),
- atmospheric emissions (VOCs and CO2),
- waste sent to landfill.