Rubber and rayon sourced meet Forest Stewardship Council rules
First-ever FSC tire is made by Pirelli for X5
BMW is making the new X5 plug-in a little bit more green by changing something black. The model will be the first to use a new type of Pirelli tire that contains sustainably sourced natural rubber as well as rayon in its construction.
The BMW X5 xDrive45e Plug-in-Hybrid will use a 22-inch version of the P Zero * (the * means it’s made to BMW spec) tire that is the first tire in the world to get a Forest Stewardship Council certification and be able to use the logo. It’s long been a staple of wood and paper that has been sourced and managed responsibly, and now is expanding to additional forestry products. The FSC also works to address illegal logging and deforestation.
“As a premium manufacturer, we aspire to lead the way in sustainability and take responsibility,” said Dr Andreas Wendt, member of the Board of Management of BMW AG responsible for Purchasing and Supplier Network. “We have been committed to improving cultivation of natural rubber and increasing transparency in the supplier network since 2015. The use of tyres made of certified natural rubber is a pioneering achievement for our industry. In this way, we are helping preserve biodiversity and forests to counteract climate change.”
The largest portion of natural rubber grown in the world is used for tires, with its elasticity and sturdiness as yet unmatched by synthetic materials. 80 percent of the rubber, BMW says, is sourced from six million small farmers, and this certification addresses how their farms are run, ensuring the supply is sustainable. Rayon is a synthetic fibre that’s made from cellulose, often from wood or other agricultural products, and the designation covers how that material is sourced.
BMW said that it has obligated all of its direct suppliers to respect human rights regulations as well as introduced more environmental standards on the companies, working to reduce the CO2 emissions of the entire chain of the X5. The automaker says that the PHEV model, including material procurement and operating, will emit 40 to 70 percent less CO2 in its lifecycle than the X5 xDrive40i.