We aim for less emissions

We aim for less emissions

In our Finnish factory, about 86% of all used energy is produced with renewable energy sources. Solvents, or volatile organic compounds (VOCs), form our most significant emissions into air. 

Used energy can be divided into electricity, heating and steam. We purchase energy for our factories from external suppliers. Part of electricity and steam is generated by ourselves.

In our factories about 26% of all used energy is produced with renewable energy sources. In 2021, only electricity generated by wind and hydropower was procured for the Finnish operations. Steam is generated in the nearby biomass power plant. In the US factory solar panels provide energy to our administration building. In the Nokian Tyres Spain test center, solar panels provide energy for the electricity in Visitor Center building, among other things.

Our Energy efficiency workgroup continued its activities in 2021. Starting from 2021, our target for reducing energy consumption by 10% (base year 2015) will be a part of our 2025 sustainability targets. We will report the progress annually. In 2021, the reduction was 5.9% compared to 2015.

Energy intensity, GJ/production tonne
  2019 2020 2021
Finland 12.1 13.9 12.3
Russia 10.0 11.3 9.5
US   74.9 20.7
Retreading   4.7 4.9
Levypyörä   9.3 8.8
Energy consumption within the organization, TJ 
  2019 2020 2021
Finland 624 556 682
Russia 1,510 1,468 1,640
US   120 187
Retreading   16 18
Levypyörä   40 51

EMISSIONS

CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2)

We calculate our tire production’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from raw material purchasing to the disposal of the product in compliance with the ISO 14064 standard. Our Russian and US  factories use own power stations for generating part of the energy it needs. Therefore, the factory’s direct GHG emissions exceed those of the factory in Finland.

In 2021, our location-based scope 2 emissions from tire production were approximately 51,900 tons CO2 eq. Market-based scope 2 emissions were approximately 25,600 tons CO2 eq.

Nokian Tyres wants to contribute to tackling climate change by setting ambitious science-based climate targets. In May 2018, Nokian Tyres joined the Science Based Targets initiative with the aim of setting more precise targets that are assessed and validated by an external organization. The climate goals, Science Based Targets, were published in May 2020. The four targets are in line with the Paris Agreement, and the base year for the first three targets is 2018 and 2015 for the fourth target. All the targets should be achieved by 2030.

Direct greenhouse gas emissions, scope 1, t CO2 eq
  2019 2020 2021
Finland 470 310 360
Russia 64,500 63,100 71,690
US   3,200 5,620
Retreading   300 320
Levypyörä   0 0
Tire production total   66,610 77,660
Indirect greenhouse gas emissions, market based, scope 2, t CO2 eq
  2019 2020 2021
Finland 9,300 8,500 8,880
Russia 15,400 10,600 14,220
US   1,500 2, 480
Retreading   940 1,110
Levypyörä   1,300 2,650
Tire production total   20,600 25,580
Greenhouse gas emissions intensity ratio, scope 1 + scope 2, t CO2 / production t
  2019 2020 2021
Finland  0.19 0.24 0.17
Russia  0.53 0.57 0.50
US    3.0 0.91
Retreading    0.30 0.38
Levypyörä    0.20 0.39
Tire production total    0.53  0.44

 

VOLATILE ORGANIC COMPOUNDS, VOCS

Solvents or volatile organic compounds (VOCs) form our most significant emissions into air. As the legislation concerning VOC emissions is country-specific, our calculation and reporting of VOC emissions varies by country.

In Finland, we calculate the VOC emissions according to the EU VOC directive, which is based on the used solvents. We use solvents in our factory only in the production of heavy tires (also known as industrial tires).

The VOCs from the assembly of heavy tires are collected and conveyed to a catalytic incineration plant. However, collecting solvent emissions from the production of heavy tires poses a challenge. In the production of heavy tires, it is not possible to seal the emission sources in such a way that all emissions could be collected and conveyed for incineration.

In Finland, we aim to comply with the total emission limit set in the environmental permit, which is 60% of the solvents used. In 2021, we installed new target suctions for VOC vapors in the heavy tire building machines to increase the share of collected VOCs for incineration. Despite these corrective actions, the total solvent emissions were 81% of used solvents. Evaluation of further measures to solve the problem has been started.

No solvents are used in tire manufacture at our Russian and US factories. According to the local legislation, emissions are calculated based on usage of raw materials. VOC emissions are generated due to the raw materials used in the processes.

VOC emissions, t
  2019 2020 2021
Finland 61 36 55
Russia 80 79 79
US   1.4 7.4
Retreading   6.7 8.4

 

PARTICLE EMISSIONS (DUST)

Particle emissions are caused by the processing of powdery chemicals in our compound mixing department. The mixing equipment is fitted with effective ventilation and dustcollection devices, and the best separation rates achieved by water cleaners exceed 99%. We measure particle emissions with particle concentration and differential pressure gauges. In addition, outside experts carry out regular concentration measurements.

The measured particle concentrations have complied with the permit limits at both of our factories. The dust that passes through the filter system mainly causes an aesthetic inconvenience and poses no harm to the environment or health.

EMISSIONS FROM ENERGY PRODUCTION

An independent company annually measures the nitrogen and sulfur emissions from energy production at our factory in Russia. Our nitrogen and sulfur emissions are below the set emission limits.

As the environmental permit for the US factory is still in process by the authorities, we operate under the air permit for construction phase. This is why the emissions are not measured at the moment.

You can see our NOx and SOx emissions from our Corporate Sustainability Report 2021.

Odor

According to surveys that we have commissioned, odor emissions are momentary. The mastication process for softening natural rubber causes discharges of compounds during the precipitation and dehydration phases of rubber milk that results in an unpleasant odor in the near surroundings. We use droplet separators for reducing the odors from mastication. We have also managed to lower the number of separate mastication processes, thereby reducing the related odors.

Our factories have introduced new odor control equipment that represents the best available technology (BAT). In our Russian and US factories, the technology covers all the mixing lines and all master batch mixing lines in Finland. We have also managed to lower the number of separate mastication processes, thereby reducing the related odors.

Some odors are generated during the tire curing process. The quantity of the curing fumes released in the process is directly proportional to the amount of cured rubber. The concentrations of individual substances in the fumes are very small.

NOISE

Our production facilities have noise limits subject to their environmental permits. We regularly track and measure noise emissions. According to the measurements, we are below the noise limits.

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