Bridgestone said it is aiming to achieve carbon neutrality and make tires from 100% renewable materials by 2050. The company said it is actively researching a range of solutions to support the recycling of materials from end-of-life tires and promote the replacement of non-renewable materials such as oil, silica and virgin carbon black in new tires.
"Our partnership with LanzaTech is a clear commitment by Bridgestone to advancing sustainable tire technologies and solutions that preserve the environment for future generations and contribute to the realization of a carbon neutral mobility society," said Nizar Trigui, chief technology officer and group president of solutions businesses at Bridgestone Americas.
Bridgestone said its partnership with LanzaTech aligns with the its E8 Commitment that serves as the axis to drive management while earning the trust of future generations.
The Bridgestone E8 Commitment consists of eight Bridgestone-like values starting with the letter "E" (Energy, Ecology, Efficiency, Extension, Economy, Emotion, Ease and Empowerment) that Bridgestone will commit to creating together with employees, society, partners and customers to realize a sustainable society.
This partnership aligns with "Ecology: Committed to advancing sustainable tire technologies and solutions that preserve the environment for future generations" and "Energy: Committed to the realization of a carbon neutral mobility society," Bridgestone said.
The LanzaTech partnership follows Bridgestone's recent announcement that it had secured a U.S. Department of Energy research grant to advance its work with the desert shrub guayule, a potential source of a natural rubber latex alternative that could be used in tire production.