The EHSQ management system employed at Nokian Tyres covers environmental management, personnel and property protection, as well as quality management. The objective of the system is to prevent accidents in all areas of operations and to ensure uninterrupted production. The development of operations relies on the best possible practices and advanced solutions, and takes account of human values in addition to financial considerations.
Measures promoting safety include risk management, continuous process development and new investments. The plant in Nokia, Finland, is certified for compliance with the EU’s EMAS (EcoManagement and Audit Scheme) regulation. Furthermore, the plants in Nokia and in Vsevolozhsk, Russia, are certified for compliance with the international ISO 14001 environmental standard and the ISO 9001 quality standard.
At the Nokia plant, the utilisation rate for all types of waste was over 95%. Meanwhile, waste management development efforts at the Russian plant continue in co-operation with a local recycling provider. Accident frequency and absences due to illness decreased notably in both plants in 2010. The Nokia plant organised exit drills, and during the energy-saving week, employees were offered energy-saving tips and training in economical driving.
Trailblazer today and tomorrow
Nokian Tyres emphasises the environmental friendliness of its products and processes. In 2010, its safety and environmental management efforts focused on boosting EHSQ co-operation between units to ensure that the needs of all sites can be taken into account as early as in the planning phase. Towards the end of the year, Nokian Tyres launched a project to determine the carbon dioxide footprint of tyres. The goal is to calculate the carbon dioxide emissions generated by tyres, starting with raw material procurement and ending with disposal.
Thanks to its sustained development efforts in safety and environmental issues, Nokian Tyres can be considered a frontrunner in the tyre industry. It was the world’s first tyre manufacturer to discontinue the use of high-aromatic oils in rubber compounds back in 2005, and its example has helped to speed up the adoption of purified, low-aromatic oils in tyre manufacture in Europe. The import and sales of tyres containing HA oils has been prohibited in the European Union as of the beginning of 2010.
The tyres manufactured by Nokian Tyres represent the cutting edge in terms of safety and environmental impacts during use, as proven in a number of independent comparison tests. The Nokian Tyres environmental report published in spring 2010 extensively discusses the Group’s environmental and safety management policy, as well as social responsibility issues.
Nokian Tyres is committed to responding to the challenges brought about by climate change. The company will make every effort in its product development and manufacture to fight climate change while not, however, compromising tyre safety.