Waste

Recovered WasteCurrent levels of economic growth and social development impose new models for consumption and production. On global scale, mankind is extracting a quantity of resources for the production of goods and services that far exceeds the capacity of our planet to regenerate them. The consequences of this phenomenon negatively impact economic variables, increases in the price of raw materials, conservation of the environment and the quality of life of all of us.

For this reason, the capacity to reduce resource waste and increase the quantity of raw materials resulting from waste recovery will represent increasingly strategic elements for enhancing business values.

The previous sections of this report have described the activities promoted by Pirelli in regard to use of alternative raw materials that are derived from, inter alia, waste recovery.

Now it wishes to complete this description by proposing the approach adopted for improving the environmental performance resulting from the production and management of waste, pursued through the following activities:

  • innovation of production processes, with the aim of preventing the production of waste at the source, progressively reducing processing discards and replacing current raw materials with other new ones that have a lower environmental impact;
  • operating management of generated waste, aimed at identifying and ensuring the selection of waste treatment channels that can maximise their recovery and recycling;
  • streamlining packaging management, both for the packaging of purchased products and the packaging for products made by the Group;
  • reducing tyre weight (dematerialization): this way, with equal or superior performance, the weight of waste to be handled at the end of the useful life of the product will be reduced, in addition to reducing the consumption of raw materials need to produce them.

Waste production

Waste production

Waste production

2009 2010 2011
Tyre (ton) 108,550 126,060 134,420
Other Businesses (ton) 80 60 60
Absolute (ton) 108,360 126,120 134,480
Dismissed Businesses (ton) - - -
Specific (kg/tonFP) 136.2 140.5 141.5

Pirelli monitors and accounts for waste output and recovery by using the following principal indicators:

  • absolute production, as measured in tonnes;
  • specific production, as measured in kilograms per tonne of finished product;
  • recovery, measured as the percentage of total waste produced.

The Pirelli Industrial Plan has set the target of reducing the quantity of specific waste produced by 5% from its 2009 level by 2014, increasing recovery by 15% by 2015.

There was a slight increase in the specific production of waste in 2011, or +0.7% from 2010. This result confirms the effectiveness of the measures adopted to manage waste, considering that the annual growth rate had reached +3.2% in 2010 from 2009. But that is not all: the +0.7% figures consolidates the 2011 impact of expansion and industrialisation of certain sites, which by their nature involve the production of extraordinary quantities of waste as compared with a fully operating production site.

In turn, the following graphics illustrate the percentage weight of hazardous and non-hazardous waste as measured against the total of waste produced, with the trend for waste recovery over the last several years having grown in 2011 from 2010.

Distribution of waste type - 2011

Distribution of waste type - 2011

Waste - distribution by type of treatment

Waste - distribution by type of treatment