The Automotive industry is moving towards sustainability to reduce environmental impact and optimize the use of natural resources ensuring their recyclability. BMW has taken a step further and has become the first automaker to equip its cars with sustainable tyres. The company will receive the 22-inch tyres exclusively from Pirelli this August and will be used in the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid model. The independent Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) with its strict standards certifies the rubber plantation and the complex supply chain for the natural rubber and rayon. 

What are sustainable tyres? 

Sustainable tyres are made from natural rubber and rayon, a wood-based material that strengthens the wheels. Pirelli P ZERO tyre is the world’s first FSC certified tyre to use both FSC certified natural rubber and rayon from the plantations. Pirelli has developed the P zero according to its ‘perfect fit’ strategy, which will contribute to the performance needs of the carmaker and the ‘green philosophy’ of all hybrid and electric vehicles. 

The P ZERO is designed to target environmental sustainability along with other advantages like low rolling resistance which scored an ‘A’ in the European tyre label, reducing noise level and also improves fuel consumption which reduces harmful emissions. 

Why switch to sustainable tyres? 

With the trend of cars going electric and alternative fuel sources, an eco-friendly green wave has been immersed in the car industry. Apart from engines going eco-friendly, another major component that needs to be replaced are the tyres. Tyres are also a major contributor to CO2

Emissions polluting our environment. From the resources used to produce them to the end of life, tyres pollute the environment. 

To make a single tyre between 5-10 gallons of petroleum oil is necessary, which the industry has been trying to eliminate for more than 2 decades. Using synthetic rubber is also harmful to the environment. Air pollution from tyre wear particles can be 1,000 times worse than the emissions from your automobile. They are categorized as Non-exhaust emissions (NEE) which includes particles released into the air from brake wear, tyre wear, road surface wear. 

We can overcome such environmental tragedies causing trouble not only to humans but other living creatures as well. Every tyre manufacturer and car manufacturer should start working together in making carbon-neutral cars in the near future. The cost of such tyres could be expensive, but over time with improvement in technology and increased R&D can reduce the cost when it is mass-produced. 

As for the BMW X5, it has completed a full lifecycle CO2 certification which starts from raw material procurement, supply chain management, including production, use phase and all the way to recycling it. Pirelli applauds BMW for joining hands in this project and deciding to use their tyres in one of their cars. This is also a significant milestone for Pirelli to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits across the natural rubber value chain, thereby helping mitigate deforestation and support the fight against climate change. 

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