Nokian Tyres and environmental responsibility

The manufacturing of tyres in general produces very few emissions; therefore, it does not place a great burden on the environment. The most significant emissions involve solvents, smells, particles and waste. To reduce smell and particle emissions, the industry uses particle filters and wet-washers. In Nokian Tyres production operations, consideration for the environment primarily involves risk-assessment and prevention of environmental effects. If sudden emissions from production were to occur, the company’s practices specify immediate clean-up.

In production at Nokian Tyres, the procedures related to environmental protection and responsibility focus primarily on waste and its recycling. Various components left over from production are sorted and delivered to the appropriate locations for recycling. Approximately 94–95% of the waste from production at Nokian Tyres is reused. Actual toxins are not used in production at all. Solvents are used in the manufacturing of tyres for heavy vehicles, and Nokian Tyres is in the process of building its own solvent-incineration plant.

From users’ point of view, perhaps the best indication of the environmental effects of a tyre is the energy label, which reveals various relevant factors, such as the tyre’s rolling resistance. Rolling resistance is important because it affects fuel consumption, which is one of the most significant individual factors in a tyre’s environmental impact: approximately 75% of the environmental effects a tyre has, from production to final disposal, are a result of fuel consumption.

Although the environmental label may be one of the most concrete indicators of a tyre’s environment-friendliness, it reveals nothing of the environmental effects of the tyre’s production. To find this information, an environmentally conscious consumer needs to browse tyre manufacturers’ websites and read various reports on their responsibility and the environment. Nokian Tyres has been releasing such reports since 1997. The report was revised last year, and now environment-related matters are discussed in the sustainability report. The latest sustainability report is available on the Nokian Tyres website.

  • The manufacturing of tyres in general produces few emissions
  • The energy label on tyres indicates their environmental effects in use
  • 75% of tyres’ environmental effects are related to fuel consumption

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