Bridgestone India’s plant at Chakan, Pune has been verified as being carbon neutral for the year 2022. Post the audit by LRQA the Pune plant stands verified as carbon neutral according to the international PAS 2060 standard.
Bridgestone’s Pune manufacturing facility produces more than 4 million tyres per year. Over the years, the site has reduced its total carbon footprint by 94 per cent through measures including a 5 MW of power generating solar capacity and a carbon neutral biomass-based boiler plant which uses carbon neutral biomass briquettes made from agricultural waste.
2,974t CO2 emissions at the site are offset via Bridgestone India’s purchase of Verified Carbon Standard credits from a bundled solar photovoltaic project by Acme, India. The project is designed to generate energy from solar panels that will be exported to the regional power grids across different states of India.
“Other than the solar power plant and the carbon neutral boiler we have undertaken various measures at the shop-floor level too. We are continuing to replace diesel-based forklifts with electric powered ones and using electric power to replace LPG. Our plans include further increasing the use of green energy, reducing carbon emissions in our overall operations, and tracking scope 3 emissions.” said Stefano Sanchini, Managing Director, Bridgestone India.
“This verification ensures that Bridgestone's reported data and information are reliable and supported by efficient management systems. After reviewing Bridgestone's information, we confirm its commitment with a decarbonization strategy and we have been able to provide the verification statement PAS 2060 for Carbon Neutrality, Scope 1 and 2 for the Pune Plant,” said Olga Rivas, ESG Product Cluster Manager, LRQA.
“The carbon neutral certification of one of our two tyre plants in India is a historic landmark in the Company’s commitment towards sustainability more so as Bridgestone has set a goal to become carbon neutral by 2050, in line with the Paris climate agreement,” said, Koji Takagi, Chief Sustainability officer, Bridgestone EMIA.