ERJ staff report (DS)
Brussels - Bridgestone has completed ISO 14001 certification of all its European tyre production plants one year ahead of its own internal target. The final certification was granted to its commercial vehicle tyre retreading subsidiary, Bulldog Remoulds Ltd of the UK, in August 2011. All 13 Bridgestone Group plants in Europe employing more than 50 people are now ISO 14001 certified, 12 years after the project started in 1999.
The ISO 14001 standard sets out stringent requirements for developing an effective environmental management system in support of an organisation's environmental policies. It challenges an organisation both to conform to all current environmental regulations and to achieve continuous improvement in its environmental practices, such as reducing the use of natural resources and minimising waste.
â€œThe energy efficiency of Bridgestone Europe factories is already among the best in the tyre sector, and we currently use about half of the energy used for producing one tyre in 1990. However we should never be satisfied with our achievements; we always strive towards an even higher level of environmental performanceâ€ said Gianluca Tosatti, European Regulations & Environmental Affairs Manager, Bridgestone Technical Center Europe.
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Press release from Bridgestone