Goodyear's decision to switch to renewable energy at its plants in Europe and Turkey strengthens the company's goal of reducing its carbon emissions intensity by 2023% by 25. As a result of the transition, the company's carbon footprint will decrease to 260.000 tons.
The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company announced today that it will switch to 2022% renewable energy at its Goodyear facilities in Europe and Turkey* as part of the first step of a multi-phase plan to supply 100% renewable energy by the end of 100 at its facilities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
This decision, made in line with the company's development of its long-term climate strategy, will enable Goodyear to reduce its operational impacts, while also in line with the company's target of reducing its carbon emission intensity by 2023% compared to 2010 levels by 25. According to its latest Corporate Responsibility Report, Goodyear has managed to reduce its carbon emissions intensity by 2020% in 19.
By purchasing approximately 700.000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy, Goodyear can ensure that its production facilities in France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey and the Netherlands run on sustainable electricity. As a result of this transition, the company's carbon footprint will decrease to 260.000 tons.
To make this critical transition, Goodyear will increase its use of renewable energy sources such as hydropower, wind power, solar power and geothermal biomass power. In order to ensure that electricity is produced with renewable energy sources, Goodyear makes its energy purchases with a Guarantee of Origin (GoO), which informs electricity customers about the source of their energy.
Chris Delaney, President of Goodyear EMEA, said: “Our decision to switch to 100% renewable energy at these manufacturing sites fits perfectly with our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint. This decision also demonstrates that we are taking serious steps to continually reduce Goodyear's environmental impact to ensure a better future for all of us.”
This transition is just one of a series of measures Goodyear has taken to contribute to reducing carbon emissions. Luxembourg's first large-scale solar car park is now in use, which the company announced earlier this year.
* Countries to be included in the first phase are France, Germany, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovenia, Turkey and the Netherlands, while Goodyear facilities in South Africa and Cooper Tire facilities in Serbia and England will be evaluated for the second phase.