Nokian 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 and rubber raw material manufacturer 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.