1. Raw materials and components procurement
While maintaining a firm focus on enhancing product safety, quality and performance, the Group intends to purchase materials with low carbon footprint
and develop advanced materials that help reduce the resources used in the products.
The Group will improve manufacturing efficiency through equipment and process improvements to further reduce the energy invested in each product, while further developing
products to help minimize impact on the environment and enhance product safety and quality. It will also actively pursue clean energy from renewable sources.
The Group will strive to increase transport efficiency by implementing better distribution strategies, including routing and delivery fleet performance, optimizing vehicle loading,
selecting fleets/fuels with low CO2 emissions, and implementing solutions that lead to saving fuel and consequently reducing CO2 emissions.
The Group will continue to focus on extending the life of its tires and expanding retreading (reuse) of truck, bus, aircraft and off-road tires, as well as reducing per-tire weight,
to help reduce product waste generation. It will also continue to increase the amount of reduced, reused and recycled materials to achieve resource savings at all stages of the operations.
5. Product development
During the lifecycle of a tire, the Group estimates that 90% of tire-related CO2 emissions originate from a tire’s use on a vehicle. To help drivers and vehicles
reduce emissions, it intends to develop more sophisticated tires with improved/reduced rolling resistance to lower fuel use, while also expanding educational programs on tire and vehicle maintenance and eco-driving.
The Group will also continue to develop other products to help save energy and reduce CO2 emissions, such as building materials with better properties.
The Group's focus on the environment and determination to achieve the CO2 emissions reduction targets will advance technologies across the lifecycle of its products, significantly reducing the environmental footprint while also helping customers reduce theirs. The Group is developing and expanding fuel-efficient tires equipped with ENLITEN, an innovative tire technology that combines environmental and driving performance, and mobility solutions that provide fleet management services. The Group's efforts are designed to help address climate change and build a more sustainable society.