Bridgestone announces its first zero-impact manufacturing plant

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The Bridgestone plant in Pune, India, has been certified as carbon neutral by LRQA based on the international standard PAS 2060, the first to have zero impact

Bridgestone, world leader in the sector of tires and sustainable mobility solutions, announced the certification of its first zero-impact tire production plant (according to Scope 1 and 2). The Chakan plant in Pune, India, undertook the certification process in May and June 2023 and was subsequently confirmed according to the international standard1 PAS 2060 for the year 2022 by LRQA, a leading global partner. The certification scores an important milestone in Bridgestone’s commitment to decarbonising its manufacturing capacity and to achieve the global objective of eliminating emissions (Scope 1 and 2) by 2050. The company therefore undertakes to reduce CO2 emissions from its activities by 50% by 2030, in compliance with the reference standard of 2011.

The Bridgestone factory in Pune produces over 4 million tires per year. Over the years, the factory has reduced its carbon dioxide emissions by 94%, thanks to a series of measures. These include, for example, the use of solar panels and the creation of a zero-emission biomass boiler system, which uses a fuel block made from agricultural waste, both of which are installed at the plant. The plant’s 2,974 tonnes of CO2 emissions are offset by Bridgestone India’s purchase of Verified Carbon Standard credits from a solar PV project in Acme, India. The project was designed to generate energy from solar panels which will be exported to the Indian regional power grids of Telangana, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Bridgestone announces its first zero-impact manufacturing plant

Bridgestone and the first zero impact factory: the words of the protagonists

Stefano SanchiniManaging Director of Bridgestone India:

Bridgestone is committed globally to building a zero-emission society, and we intend to achieve this goal in India too. In fact, in the production plant we are implementing various measures in this sense; in addition to the solar system and the zero-emission boiler, we are continuing to replace diesel forklifts with electric ones and to use electricity to replace LPG. Our future plans include further increasing the use of green energy, reducing carbon emissions in operations and monitoring our Scope 3 emissions.

Olga RivasESG Product Cluster Manager di LRQA:

This certification guarantees that the data and information reported by Bridgestone are reliable and supported by efficient management systems. After reviewing Bridgestone’s information, we confirm its commitment to a decarbonisation strategy, and have therefore provided the PAS 2060 verification statement for Scope 1 and 2 emissions from the Pune plant. We are proud to be part of Bridgestone’s decarbonization project, as our goal at LRQA is to support customers in ensuring the reliability of their sustainability strategies and climate change statements.

Koji TakagiChief Sustainability Officer di Bridgestone EMIA:

Bridgestone, as a sustainable solutions company, is driven globally by a mission it believes in deeply: to serve society with superior services, putting social value and its customers first. To this end, the company is committed to building a zero-emission society. The carbon neutral certification of one of our two tire plants in India is an important milestone in the company’s commitment to sustainability, especially as Bridgestone has set the goal of becoming a carbon neutral company by 2050, in in line with the Paris climate agreement.

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