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Pirelli debuts ‘world first’ FSC-certified tyre

Pirelli claims to have become the first company in the world to produce a range of FSC-certified (Forest Stewardship Council) tyres, which have been designed for the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid.

These tyres contain FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon and represent a new horizon for increasingly sustainable tyre production.

FSC forest management certification confirms that plantations are managed in a way that preserves biological diversity and benefits the lives of local people and workers, while ensuring it sustains economic viability. The complex FSC chain of custody certification process verifies that FSC-certified material has been identified and separated from non-certified material as it makes its way along the supply chain, from the plantations to the tyre manufacturer.

The Pirelli P Zero tyre, the world’s first FSC-certified tyre using FSC-certified natural rubber and rayon sourced from FSC-certified plantations will be supplied in the 275/35 R22 size for the front and 315/30 R22 size for the back on the BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid.

Pirelli says this P Zero tyre has been developed according to its ‘perfect fit’ strategy, this way meeting the performance needs of BMW for this model while contributing to the ‘green’ philosophy of hybrid vehicles.

The new tyre will be produced exclusively at Pirelli’s Rome, Georgia factory in the United States and is designed to specifically target environmental sustainability along with low rolling resistance (scoring ‘A’ on the European tyre label), which improves fuel consumption and reduces consequent harmful emissions. On top of this, Pirelli says noise levels are lower, which further benefits the environment.

The FSC certification for the natural rubber used to make the new P Zero tyre for BMW’s X5 Plug-in-Hybrid procured from certified plantations is the latest step on the path that Pirelli says it has been on for many years towards the sustainable management of the natural rubber supply chain.

Giovanni Tronchetti Provera, Pirelli senior vice president for Sustainability and Future Mobility, says: “Before even reaching the road, sustainable mobility begins with raw materials. With the world’s first FSC-certified tyre, Pirelli once again demonstrates its commitment to pursuing increasingly challenging goals in terms of sustainability, a testament to the constant work on innovative materials and increasingly cutting-edge production processes. We continue to invest in sustainable growth for our planet, aware that this is also essential for the future of our businesses.”