BRUSSELS—The European Tyre and Rubber Manufacturers' Association has called for progress in tire technology as well as strict and effective market surveillance to reduce CO2 emissions.
The call was made in a Dec. 14 statement in which the Brussels-based association elaborated its position on the European Commission's low emissions mobility strategy. The EC's strategy was published in July and had a particular a focus on freight transport.
Reductions in CO2 emissions, ETRMA said, could be achieved via "progress on tire technology together with a full deployment of the existing measures as well as the compulsory fitment of tire pressure monitoring systems on commercial vehicles."
In addition, ETRMA called for "strict and effective market surveillance" in line with other EU transport policies including road safety features such as TPMS and wet grip.
The tire industry, it insisted, is "committed to further reduce the rolling resistance coefficient of its tires by an average of 1 percent each year until 2030."
This, secretary general Fazilet Cinaralp said, would result in a reduction of 8.7 million metric tons of CO2 through tire technology.
The figure is equal to removing 81 40-ton trucks every year from European roads.
The ETRMA, however, stressed that the overall performance of tires was achieved through a careful balance of conflicting requirements and that it was essential to make sure that existing safety standards were not compromised.