Ecological and financial balance sheet of retreading
40,200 tons fewer CO2 emissions in the environment. This is the contribution made to the environment in 2011 by the retreading of tyres.
According to AIRP’s ecological and financial balance sheet, retreading in Italy also prevented 33,062 tons of used tyres from being wasted, reduced energy consumption by 114.1 million litres of petroleum and derivates, and saved 32,597 tons of raw materials. It is well-known that in addition to being environmentally advantageous, the retreading of tyres allows users to make substantial savings. Specifically, in 2011 the use of retreads instead of new tyres allowed end-users to save 297.2 million euros.
A considerable saving that primarily benefitted Italy’s road transport operators who are currently strongly penalized by the economic crisis and competition by road hauliers from countries in the east.
Going back to the decrease in CO2 emissions, this information was processed by Airp by bearing in mind that compared to making a new one, retreading a tyre saves 30% in carbon dioxide (CO2). The Airp data is based on surveys carried out by Best Foot Forward, the highly authoritative British group that specializes in ecological analyses and especially in determining the carbon footprint that corresponds to the CO2 emissions released during the manufacturing process. Best Foot Forward is based in Oxford and in 2005 it received the Queen’s award for sustainable development. Reducing CO2 emissions is a priority of European Union and Italian environmental policies because CO2 is a greenhouse gas that is considered to be responsible for global warming.