Leading tyre producer, Pirelli, has announced that all of its sustainability indicators have improved, that half of its revenues are now derived from “green performance products” and that it has increased its waste recovery by 18 percent to 91 percent of its total.
These results were announced in Pirelli’s Sustainability Strategy, which looks at the company’s various profiles: economic, environmental and social. Since 2009, the base year for the mid-to-long term sustainability goals that Pirelli set for itself, significant progress has been achieved in the development and realisation of Green Performance products as part of the ever greater attention to the containment of environmental impacts deriving from the entire life cycle of the tyre, it says.
In 2015, in particular, almost half (48% compared with 46% registered in 2014) of Pirelli’s tyre revenues came from Green Performance products, almost double the 2009 level when it was equal to 25% and above the target in the 2013-2017 sustainability plan.
Among the most significant results of the company’s commitment to the safeguarding and protection of the environment is the reduction of water withdrawal: in 2015, in particular, Pirelli registered absolute water withdrawal slightly above 11 million cubic metres, with a reduction of specific withdrawal of 3% compared with 2014 and 42% compared with 2009. While over the course of the year the rate of waste recovery rose to 91%, with an increase of 1% compared with the prior year and of 18% compared with 2009.
Pirelli has 20 factories worldwide, employing around 37,000 people. It has further set targets via its sustainability plan and vision to 2020, which supports the group’s industrial plan for 2013-2017 and provides a vision to 2020.
At the environmental level, the following are expected – always comparing 2020 to 2009 levels: a reduction of 15% in CO2 emissions, a fall in specific energy consumption of 18%, a decline of 58% in specific water withdrawal and a rate of waste recovery above 95%.
The plan also includes further strengthening of the sustainable management system for the supply chain, which looks at economic, social and environmental sustainability criteria fully integrated into the processes of selection, collaboration and evaluation of Pirelli’s partners around the world, with great attention to the sustainability of the natural rubber chain.