We are all aware that retreading and repairing tires is good for the environment. But the question is: how to assess the impact? We have recently mandated an external firm to determine what exactly is our positive impact on the environment. However, it will be several months before we get the results of this study, and I had to give an approximation to at least one partner. I will provide you with the data from the official study when it becomes available, but in the meantime, I wanted to share the results of my findings with you:
- According to some references (provided at the bottom of the page), it has been estimated that the manufacture of a car tire will produce 48 lbs of greenhouse gases and 242 lbs for a truck tire.
- Based on the average weight of car and truck tires, I estimate that manufacturing a tire produces about twice its weight in greenhouse gases.
- Based on our production data, earthmover tire retreading allows us to keep 71.03% of the original tire, i.e. the tire carcass. If we take the example of a 23.5R25 tire, we think we can save around 865 lbs in greenhouse gases!
- I also know that repaired earthmover tires are worn on average at 50% and therefore, repairing a tire allows us to keep 87.9%. If we take the example of a 23.5R25 tire again, I believe we save around 624 lbs in greenhouse gases when repairing it!
- If my assumptions are correct, that means that we have saved around 1,800 tonnes in greenhouse gases at LanOTR over the past twelve months.
I had to make assumptions in my calculations and the independent consultant will confirm them or not, but I wanted to share my experience with you. In fact, when I got up this morning, nothing had changed. I went to work like every morning, but I felt even better than usual because I knew I could make a difference! 😊
Daniel Marleau, CEO LanOTR