The European Tire and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) commenced conducting a study on possible effects of tire and road-wear particles which are generated from tires.

The study is built upon a comprehensive 10-year-long work which had been carried out by the Tire Industry Project (TIP). This initiative was launched in 2006 under the program of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development to monitor potential threats of tire-derived products to health and environment.

ETRMA says that the study is supported by an independent scientific advisory board that accepted and approved approach of the study. It is expected that the study will be completed before the end of the current year. The study aims to suggest solutions which can minimize releases of toxic substances like micro-plastics contained in new and recycled tires and tire-derived materials into the aquatic environment. So far, there are various figures circulating throughout the world, says Christian Kötz, president of ETRMA. Therefore there is a need to carry out a complementary research project which is based on a new approach that considers already-collected data on density and size of the particles and further tries to determine whether and how they are brought to the aquatic environment.

In addition to that, the board decidedly concluded that carbon dioxide emissions by transport in EU should further decrease, thus the association renewed its pledge to solve EU’s environmental problems in this field. Tire industry in Europe also actively collaborates in decreasing rates of CO2 emissions by advancing its tire technologies, introducing and promoting road safety and other measures.

It is planned to improve the tire rolling resistance coefficient, on average, by 1% per annum. This would reduce amount of CO2 emissions by 8.7 million tons up till 2030.

ETRMA’s secretary general Fazilet Cinaralp asserts that the board meeting also considered other crucial aspects such as prospective road transport, secondary raw materials free of toxins and legislation regarding drinking water.

Article source: European Rubber Journal