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Nokian Tyres sees official permits as minimum requirements and considers eco-friendliness to be much more than simply complying with the permit limits.

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.

Vice President, Quality & Sustainability is involved in drawing up the strategy along with 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 program for the factories. The program specifies the detailed targets, actions, schedules and responsible persons for the goals presented in the strategy. In addition, individual units have their own projects for developing the operations and processes.

The development of environmental aspects and quality is reviewed each quarter at the management meetings.

main Environmental targets for 2019

Object Target in 2019
Statutory requirements Implementation according to the Nokian Tyres’ environmental permits and legislation at the factories
VOC emissions Compliance with VOC-directive at the Nokia factory, finding new solutions for achieving target level.
Energy Implementing energy saving actions.
Decrease in energy usage by 1%/production tonne at the factories.
Climate Setting Science Based Targets for approval
Chemical safety Two factory audits concentrating on the use of chemicals done by chemical specilists.
Materials development Ensuring that no Substances of Very High Concern as referred to in REACH are contained in the products
Building projects USA factory and Spanish testing centre: assuring chemical and environmental safety.
Increasing environmental awareness among the personnel Regular trainings and environmental communication

Targets for 2018

Object Target in 2018 Status in 2018
Statutory requirements Implementation according to the Nokian Tyres’ environmental permits and legislation at the factories Completed according to plan.
Nokian Tyres recognizes that the VOC emissions are over the total emission limit of the European VOC Directive. The issue is being handled in close cooperation with the local environmental authorities.
VOC emissions Compliance with VOC-directive at the Nokia factory, finding new solutions for achieving target level. Incinerator in use, operating faultlessly. Still exceeding total emission limit of VOC directive, emission 29% (limit 25%).
Energy Implementing energy saving actions.
Decrease in energy usage by 1%/production tonne at the factories.
Implemented.
Odour Investigating new odour reduction possibilites for factories, including smelly incredients in rubber mixtures and their possible replacements. Implemented as planned. Investments in odor reduction equipments during future extension projects.
Chemical safety Two factory audits concentrating on the use of chemicals done by chemical specilists. Implemented.
Material efficiency Pilot material efficiency audit done at the Nokia factory. Not 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 Regular trainings and environmental communication Implemented.
Building projects USA factory and Spanish testing centre permissions and assuring chemical and environmental safety. Implemented.

Environmental costs

In addition to personnel and technology, we allocate financial resources to environmental responsibility. In 2018, our environmental management costs amounted to approximately EUR 450,000. Other environmental costs amounted to approximately EUR 1,000,000. This figure includes the expenses and investments that are related to air, soil, and water protection and waste management.