The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers’ Association (ETRMA) reacted last week to the novel scientific investigation by the Air Quality Expert Group (AQEG) on tire and road wear particles (TRWP) that conventionally form part of non-exhaust emissions, saying that it welcomed it and was carefully reviewing the probe. The association agreed with the researchers’ conclusion that there is the need for more studies that would help understand better non-exhaust emissions from scientific perspective.

ETRMA also showed its support to the group’s recommendation to reevaluate a standardized routine that measures tire abrasion rate – this method is now under revision of the European Commission that works in association with the industry. Nevertheless, the group claims that to address the TRWP issue, it is not enough to involve the industry only, but extra help is needed to cut TRWP production. For instance, such factors as vehicle itself, road properties, traffic, driving behavior should be paid special attention.

In addition, ETRMA emphasized that the current study is a bit outdated as it focused on lab tests conducted in 90s. Thus, it reinforced once again that an up-to-date investigation is required.

The reaction to the study of ETRMA was made as the group states that it is committed to sustainability, and it continues to improve tires as the association seeks to extend their service.

Article by ETRMA.