Management of environmental responsibility and improvements

We develop and manufacture safe tyres for demanding conditions while respecting environmental values. Our aim is to manage the environmental impacts of our products over their entire life cycle.

When developing the functions that affect our environmental responsibility, we want to go beyond the minimum requirements of the legislation and applicable standards. Our operation focuses on continuous improvement and is based on the corporate social responsibility that we recognise and our strategic business goals. We also consider the entire product life cycle and all of our company’s functions in terms of environmental responsibility.

Eco-friendliness is an integral part of the Finnish business culture, and we are not willing to compromise on it in our global operations. We want to be an international industry leader also in terms of environmental matters. The awards and excellent reviews that our company and products have received demonstrate that environmental aspects, quality and safety are important for our customers and other stakeholders. Our successful development projects, therefore, guide improvements throughout the industry.

Key measures in 2016 and goals for 2017

A summary of the essential goals of Nokian Tyres’ 2016 environmental programme, their completion and our goals for 2017 is presented in the following table.

Object Target in 2016 Status in 2016
Statutory requirements Implementation according to the Nokian Tyres’ environmental permits and legislation Completed according to plan
VOC emissions Compliance with VOC-directive, ensuring usability of new incinerator Incinerator in use, operating faultlessly. Exceeding total emission limit of VOC directive, emission 45% (limit 25%).
Energy Implementing and updating energy saving actions Implementation of actions according department's action plans started as planned
Greenhouse gas emissions Determining scope 3 emissions Implemented
Wastewater Reducing pollutants in wastewater (Vsevolozhsk) Main actions done, continues during 2017.
Chemical safety Preparing for chemical safety report according to Seveso III directive for Nokia factory Implemented
Safety audits and monitoring the use of chemicals 2 audits/department Implemented
Materials development Ensuring that no Substances of Very High Concern as referred to in REACH are contained in the products Implemented.
No Substances of very High Concern are used in production
Increasing environmental awareness among the personnel According to the plants’ environmental programmes Implemented
Object Target in 2017
Statutory requirements Implementation according to the Nokian Tyres’ environmental permits and legislation
VOC emissions Compliance with VOC-directive, improving intake of VOC-emissions in heavy tyres tyre building
Energy Implementing energy saving actions.
Decrease in energy usage by 1%/production tonne.
Wastewater Reducing pollutants in wastewater (Vsevolozhsk)
Chemical safety Chemical safety report according to Seveso III directive for Nokia factory
Environmental audits and monitoring the use of chemicals 2 audits/department
Materials development Ensuring that no Substances of Very High Concern as referred to in REACH are contained in the products
Increasing environmental awareness among the personnel According to the plants’ environmental programmes

Organisation for environmental management

Our group’s sustainability efforts are coordinated by the Environmental and Responsibility Manager. Environmental aspects, chemical safety and sustainability are assigned to the Quality, Sustainability and ICT unit and coordinated globally by Vice President of Quality, Sustainability and ICT. The goals of quality and sustainability management are accident prevention, uninterrupted production, ensuring high quality and good corporate citizenship in all areas of operation.

Practical training and coordination, for instance regarding chemicals and waste, are handled by environmental engineers. Additionally, in Nokia, the environmental representatives and supervisors of individual departments address environmental responsibility alongside their other duties. The environmental representatives act as their departments’ environmental experts and points of contact in the interaction between departments. They also coordinate the appropriate handling of chemicals and waste.

Management systems

We aim at managing the environmental impacts of our products over their entire life cycle and addressing the safety and quality aspects of our operations in a comprehensive and systematic manner. The management system manual that covers the environmental aspects, safety and quality serves as a key tool for this purpose. The operations manual is ISO 14001 compliant in terms of environmental matters and ISO 9001 compliant as regards quality. The document that guides our environmental protection efforts the most is the Environmental Protection procedure. Our factories in Russia and the Swedish sales company Nokian Däck are also covered by the joint environmental and quality system and are included in the ISO 14001 and ISO 9001 certifications. Furthermore, the management system incorporates the safety management system as referred to in the Finnish Government Decree 856/2012 (industrial handling and storage of hazardous chemicals, SEVESO III). We also have received the automotive industry’s ISO/TS 16949 approval for both of our factories.

Our environmental and quality targets are specified in the company’s quality and sustainability strategy, which is drawn up for a period of five years and updated annually. The strategy is drawn up with Vice President of Quality, Sustainability and ICT and the Environmental and Responsibility Manager, who reports to the vice president. Working together with environmental experts, the Environmental and Responsibility Manager prepares an annual environmental programme for the factories, which specifies detailed targets, actions, schedules and persons in charge for the objectives presented in the strategy. This leadership covers all aspects of the environmental management system. Additionally, units have their own projects for developing the operations and processes.

The development of environmental aspects and quality are reviewed each quarter at the management meetings. The top management provides direct feedback to the persons in charge.

Authorities and permits

Nokian Tyres’ production facilities have valid environmental, chemical handling and storage permits. These permits and other environmental and safety operations are supervised by several authorities according to the laws of the country in question. We maintain continuous dialogue with various authorities in order to take any official requirements and requests into account in a timely manner. Any disruptions, accidents and deviations from permit requirements are immediately communicated to the authorities.

We see official permits as minimum requirements and regard eco-friendliness as much more than simply complying with the permit limits. We are committed to being a part of genuinely sustainable development. We actively monitor the trends in environmental and safety regulations in Finland, the EU and Russia, and anticipate the effects of pending regulation on our operations.

Control of chemicals

Nokian Tyres started its control of chemicals in the early 1960s. Our company complies with all the requirements of the EU chemicals legislation aimed at ensuring the safest possible use of chemicals for the employees, environment and end users. In order to improve the level of chemical safety and to comply with the REACH directive, we continuously collaborate with component and chemicals suppliers and producers.

In our production, we never use carcinogenic chemicals or SVHC chemicals (Substances of Very High Concern) as per the EU’s REACH regulation. Our contract manufacturers’ products are also free of SVHC chemicals. Our products do not contain any conflict minerals. All of our products meet the EU REACH requirements concerning PAHs. We also intend to ensure that no products sold in the Vianor units now or in the future contain any such chemicals. We require all our chemicals suppliers to provide us with a chemical safety data sheet (SDS) in compliance with valid legislation prior to the purchasing of chemicals. The SDSs of the chemicals in use are registered in a database available to all personnel.

New raw materials for rubber compounds are tested in Nokia for quality assurance and applicability in production both in laboratory and production conditions. The raw materials approved for rubber compounds are documented in a list of approved raw materials. The purchasing personnel are only allowed to purchase raw materials included on the group’s list of approved raw materials. The raw materials used by our Russian factories are also tested and approved in Finland.

No booster chemical is taken into use at the Nokia factory before the chemical control team has issued a department-specific usage permit for the substance in question. The team includes the Environmental and Responsibility Manager, an environmental engineer, a chemist from the R&D laboratory and an occupational physician. The purpose of this policy is to harmonise the use of chemicals throughout the company and, whenever possible, to replace hazardous chemicals with safer ones.

In Nokia, we use a chemical information database that stores the safety data sheets for all the chemicals in use at the factory. We arrange chemical safety training annually to the persons involved in the early stages of production and as needed to other personnel.

Audits

Regular audits are an important part of our environmental, safety and quality efforts. Their purpose is to ensure eco-friendliness in production and a safe working environment meeting high standards. The audits aim to verify if the operation under scrutiny complies with the legislation, EHSQ policy and the instructions provided in the activity management system.

Internal environmental and quality audits are carried out according to an annual plan so that each area specified in the activity management system is audited at least once every three years. The annual plan is drawn up on the basis of a five-year plan, taking into account the findings of the previous audits. In production, the environmental aspects and chemical safety issues are audited regularly during the Safety Walk rounds of individual departments and every six months by the chemical control team.

Internal audits also include the audits carried out by our customers and partners, such as automotive industry representatives. The audit conducted in connection with the weekly management review is also an internal audit.

An external auditor performs an audit once a year in order to assess the company’s compliance with the relevant standards. Legal and regulatory compliance is supervised by the authorities and insurance companies annually or as required.

Tracking environmental responsibility

We track the development of our environmental responsibility with the following indicators: 

  • G4-DMA Disclosure of the Management approach
  • G4-EN1 Materials used by weight or volume
  • G4-EN2 Percentage of materials used that are recycled input materials
  • G4-EN3 Energy consumption within the organization
  • G4-EN5 Energy intensity
  • G4-EN8 Total withdrawal by source
  • G4-EN12 Description of significant impacts of activities, products, and services on biodiversity in protected areas and areas of high biodiversity value outside protected areas
  • G4-EN15 Direct greenhouse gas emissions
  • G4-EN16 Indirect greenhouse gas emissions
  • G4-EN31 Total environmental protection expenditures and investments by type
  • G4-EN18 Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions intensity
  • G4-EN34 Number of grievances about environmental impacts filed, addressed, and resolved through formal grievance mechanisms
  • G4-EN21 Nitrogen and sulphur dioxide emissions and other significant emissions
  • G4-EN22 Total water discharge
  • G4-EN23 Total weight of waste by type and disposal method
  • G4-EN29 Monetary value of fines for non-compliance with environmental laws and regulations

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