Sustainability Driven

Bio-based materials

Bio-based materials TIP members are investing in R&D to develop alternatives to natural rubber and petroleum-based products, for example: Continental’s Taraxagum project generates natural rubber from dandelions, opening up an alternative source of raw material that was used to develop Continental’s first production-line bicycle tire made from dandelion-sourced natural rubber. The dandelions are cultivated, extracted… Continue reading Bio-based materials

Digital and smart solutions for safer and more sustainable mobility

Digital and smart solutions for safer and more sustainable mobility Leading tire manufacturers are developing smart solutions that bring opportunities and benefits for mobility stakeholders, including increased safety, new services and better management of the tire life cycle. With embedded sensors, chips or tags, intelligent and connected tires can transmit real-time information to the vehicle… Continue reading Digital and smart solutions for safer and more sustainable mobility

Contributing to a scientific understanding of TRWP

Contributing to a scientific understanding of TRWP It is common knowledge that tires wear during normal use but questions remain about the characteristics of tire wear particles, what happens to the particles once generated, and if the particles pose potential risks to human health and the environment. TIP has been working since 2005 to support… Continue reading Contributing to a scientific understanding of TRWP

Closing the gender gap

Closing the gender gap The tire industry has significant opportunities to increase the representation of women within the workforce and corporate leadership. Recognizing this, TIP members have set targets to increase the number of women leaders within their companies. Sumitomo Rubber doubled the number of women in management positions between 2014 and 2020. Yokohama Rubber… Continue reading Closing the gender gap

Decarbonizing operations

As described in the 2020 TIP’s Environmental Key Performance Indicators for Tire Manufacturing 2009-2019 report, the weighted average CO2 intensity (CO2 per ton of production) for TIP members decreased by 6% between 2015 and 2019. The implementation of decarbonization measures and the adoption of an energy mix with a greater share of renewable sources drove… Continue reading Decarbonizing operations

Reducing supply chain GHG emissions

Recognizing the opportunity that the supply chain presents to reduce GHG emissions, TIP members engage suppliers to drive climate action. Michelin has GHG reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and has also encouraged its main raw material suppliers to set science-based targets for GHG emissions reductions, with the objective that, by… Continue reading Reducing supply chain GHG emissions

The initiation of a global platform to achieve a sustainable natural rubber value chain

GPSNR is committed to promoting the uptake of sustainable natural rubber globally by addressing forest and another ecosystem conversion, biodiversity loss, human and labor rights violations and inequality in the natural rubber supply chain. In September 2020, GPSNR published a policy framework that outlines a series of policy components that company members are required –… Continue reading The initiation of a global platform to achieve a sustainable natural rubber value chain