Sustainability

RMA members are dedicated to sustainable development and protecting health and safety, the environment, and human rights. All RMA members are members of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

Health and Safety

Tire Safety

  • RMA members recognize that safety related to tires in-use is of primary importance.  Members comply with NHTSA safety standards and encourage drivers to play their part in tire safety. Click here to view RMA’s tire safety information.

Worker Safety

  • RMA members improve, develop, and implement safety, health and industrial hygiene policies by working together and with industry coalitions to ensure safe and healthy working conditions at operational facilities for all visitors, contractors and employee activities.
  • RMA member companies recognize the importance of safety and health by employing accredited safety and health professionals who integrate aspects of stewardship and sustainability with the traditional core competency requirements within RMA member facilities.
  • RMA members work to ensure that all employees at RMA member facilities are treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
  • RMA members work to improve the safety culture within company facilities by providing access to experts who deliver knowledge, best practices and experiences that drive corporate culture towards shaping world class health and safety standards that exceed regulatory compliance. As part of the safety systems in their facilities, RMA members integrate best practices into a wide range of activities including: health and safety training, emergency preparedness and response and risk identification and mitigation.

Environmental Stewardship

Tire Fuel Efficiency

  • Member Company Innovation. Tire design and maintenance play an important role in vehicle fuel economy. RMA members are committed to developing fuel efficient products that contribute to greater vehicle fuel economy.
  • Consumer Information. RMA supports provisions in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) that direct the Department of Transportation (DOT) to create a consumer tire information program that, among other things, mandates a rating system for consumer tires and creates a federal consumer education program on proper tire maintenance. RMA supports a five-category rating system on tire fuel efficiency, wet traction and tread wear that would give consumers information to factor into decisions on a broad range of replacement tires appropriate for existing vehicles. RMA is working with DOT to make such a system a reality.
  • Performance Standards. RMA advocates that Congress direct the DOT to establish minimum performance standards for passenger car tire fuel efficiency and wet traction. The former would serve to improve tire fuel efficiency in the U.S. market, while the latter would assure that improvements in fuel efficiency would not diminish wet traction performance.

Reducing the Environmental Footprint for Tire Manufacturing

  • RMA members have been working for many years to reduce the environmental footprint of their manufacturing facilities.
  • RMA members seek to increase energy efficiency at tire manufacturing facilities. (include energy intensity comparison)
  • RMA members are working together through the WBCSD to develop a uniform set of key sustainability performance indicators for tire manufacturing.

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  • RMA members reduce manufacturing greenhouse gas emissions as they increase energy efficiency at tire manufacturing facilities. RMA members are committed to reducing emissions of greenhouse gases from vehicles, through the development of products with improved fuel efficiency.
  • RMA members utilize natural rubber, a renewable resource extracted from plants, in tire manufacturing. After they have completed their useful service life, many tires are used as Tire Derived Fuel (TDF). TDF displaces the use of fossil fuels such as coal, and is combusted under controlled conditions in cement kilns and other industrial facilities. TDF is considered to have lower greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels due to the natural rubber fraction contained in tires.  Placeholder link to updated tire data

Materials

  • RMA members and other global tire manufacturers are collaborating on several research projects to better understand certain aspects of materials used in the industry and their health and environmental impacts. Much of this work is being done by the industry under the auspices of the WBCSD. The work includes evaluating current materials against various criteria, including those related to nanomaterial and endocrine disruptors, and studying the fate and possible effects of particles generated during normal tire use and wear. Link to World Business Council for Sustainable Development page on tire and road wear particles
  • RMA members advocate to ensure that materials regulations protect human health and the environment while maintaining flexibility for the use of materials that provide for product safety, performance, and innovation.

Tire End of Life

  • RMA members are committed to the concept of shared responsibility for tires after they complete their useful lives on vehicles. The success of this commitment is evident in the fact that nearly 96 percent of annually generated scrap tires in the U.S. go to end-use markets, rather than landfills or stockpiles. More details are provided under RMA’s Scrap Tire page.
  • RMA members are also working together through the WBCSD to assess end-of-life tire management in select developing countries.

Social Responsibility

  • RMA members conduct due diligence to comply with the SEC’s conflict minerals rule and analogous provisions abroad.  Link to SEC conflict minerals page.
  • RMA members are committed to ensuring that tires are produced under lawful and ethical conditions. Link to California Transparency in Supply Chains Act of 2010. (S.B. 657).
  • RMA members value community engagement and are involved in activities that raise environmental awareness, provide educational opportunities, and encourage volunteering in local programs.

RMA Member Sustainability Information

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