BMW Becomes First Auto Maker to Use Sustainable Tyres
BMW has become the first car maker to utilize sustainably-made tyres crafted from certified natural rubber and a wood-based material called rayon. The tyres use natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material to strengthen the wheels. BMW will obtain 22-inch tyres from Pirelli and will use them in the BMW X5 xDrive45e plug-in hybrid from August of this year.
Dr. Andreas Wendt, a member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for purchasing and supplier network, said, “As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility. We have been committed to improving the cultivation of natural rubber and increasing transparency in the supplier network since 2015. The use of tyres made of certified natural rubber is a pioneering achievement for our industry. In this way, we are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change.”
“The new FSC-certified Pirelli tyre is a significant milestone in the drive to deliver economic, social, and environmental benefits across the natural rubber value chain. This is a major step forward in the journey towards a more sustainable natural rubber value chain, thereby helping to mitigate deforestation and support the fight against climate change” said, Jeremy Harrison, Chief Markets Officer, FSC International.
The new 22-inch P ZERO tyres have become the first FSC brand in the world. FSC is an independent organization that provides a certification standard for products made from natural rubber. To obtain this certification, Pirelli adapted its U.S. plant to manufacture tyres with FSC-certified natural rubber and viscose. Thereafter, the tyres delivered to BMW also meet the car company’s stringent performance requirements, including particularly low rolling resistance and noise levels.
BMW has also worked with the FSC organization for many years. It used FSC-certified wood in the BMW i3, which was first launched on the market in 2013. Certified wood will also be used in the upcoming BMW iX.