Pirelli & C. S.p.A. has produced its very first FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) Certified P Zero tyre, making it the first tyre company in the world to achieve an FSC certification.
For those who are a little ill-informed about FSC Certifications, here’s a brief summary. The Forest Stewardship Council oversees the management of forests worldwide, ensuring that natural resources such as timber are responsibly managed and controlled to avoid degradation of forests.
Having an FSC certification label on a rubber tyre is no mean feat, and it marks a big step for Pirelli towards sustainability, an endeavour which the Italian tyre manufacturer has been constantly striving towards.
“Before even reaching the road, sustainable mobility begins with raw materials. With the world’s first FSC-certified tyre, Pirelli once again demonstrates its commitment to pursuing increasingly challenging goals in terms of sustainability,” said Giovanni Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli’s Senior Vice President for Sustainability and Future Mobility.
“We continue to invest in sustainable growth for our planet, aware that this is also essential for the future of our businesses.”
Designed for the BMW X5 xDrive45e crossover, the tyre is constructed using FSC-certified rubber and rayon fibres from FSC-certified plantations.
It comes in both 275-section and 315-section widths for the front and rear tyres respectively, and are built to handle the 395hp and 600Nm of torque from the X5 xDrive45e’s PHEV powertrain. All while minimising rolling resistance and lowering NVH levels.
The P Zero tyre was jointly developed by BMW and Pirelli according to the latter’s “perfect fit” strategy, meeting the requirements of the hugely popular (and powerful) crossover while contributing to the PHEV’s green philosophy.
“As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Andreas Wendt, Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Purchasing and Supplier Network.
“We have been committed to improving 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.”
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