Concurrently, we are encouraging our other non-manufacturing sites, warehouses and retread shops to seriously consider the viability of installing solar rooftops, even as we collaborate with like-minded partners to co-create new solutions to reduce fuel dependency.
These collective efforts are in line with our target to reduce 50% CO2 emissions from 2011 levels by 2030. In 2021 alone, we have achieved a CO2 emissions reduction of 25%. This bodes well for our longer term goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Our various co-creation ventures with car manufacturers have helped achieve lower energy consumption in their vehicles. For example, ENLITEN Technology on our customised Turanza Eco tyres for Lightyear One – the world’s first long- range solar electric vehicle. Likewise, ENLITEN Technology’s first foray into China was for the new-generation Nissan X-Trail, while our tyres on electric vehicle NIO ET7 with breakthrough LRR achieved longer battery life and cruising distance – with an astonishing 1,000km on a single charge.
Ultimately, our technology is purposed not just to bring convenience and savings, but also reflects our progressive social stance, and our desire to be more responsible – with cleaner energy vehicles – on the sustainability front.
Retread/BandagDeploying retreading technology to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy cost by 30% compared to new tyre production.
Bandag, a subsidiary of Bridgestone, is a market leader in retreading used tyres. This gives us a distinct advantage to lead the way in sustainable solutions.
Essentially, retreading is a re-manufacturing process that replaces the thread on worn tyres. Through retreading, existing tyres are given new life without any compromise on quality.
Also, because there is a significant reduction in the use of raw materials in the retreading process, there is a reduced strain and demand for products such as rubber and oil, extracting less from limited energy resources.
Since 1957, Bandag has saved an estimated 300 million tyres from entering the waste stream by retreading, saving an estimated 4 billion gallons of oil – enough to fill over 6,000 Olympic-sized pools. This is a substantive step towards reducing carbon footprint.
TirematicsTyre sensing technology for predictive maintenance, improving fuel consumption and reducing carbon emissions.
With global warming a hot button issue today, ensuring optimisation of fuel consumption to reduce carbon emissions has become a pressing issue for the mobility industry.
When tyres are checked to be in optimal condition, fuel consumption is optimised. Tirematics, our tyre sensor technology offers a digital solution that is able to track the parameters of temperature and pressure through the use of external digital sensors, gateways and cloud.
Regular monitoring also ensures data on tyres is seamlessly available to fleet operators, thereby delaying its replacement and reducing energy costs related to new tyre production.
Ultimately, Tirematics enables a safer and smarter transportation fleet with critical tyre data on the go.
Bridgestone World Solar ChallengeChampioning an energy-efficient and decarbonised future through solar-powered cars to reduce fossil fuel dependence.
The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge (BWSC) is the world’s premier solar car event where young engineers use only the power of the sun to design, engineer and build the most innovative, energy-efficient and durable solar-powered vehicles. It is held in the Australian outback and spans a punishing 3,000km route.
As an outcome of the BWSC, our engineering partnership with BWSC participants Team Eindhoven and Netherlands-based Lightyear resulted in the first commercially-available, long-range solar electric car – the Lightyear One.
WIth the exponential growth of BEV, PHEV and hybrid car models lending impetus to alternatives to fossil fuels, the mobility scene is ripe for further commitment to cleaner power sources – and Bridgestone – together with our partners – is well-poised with new solutions to fuel dependency, to seize the energy-efficient route to further innovation.