SANTA CRUZ DE LA ZARZA, Spain—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has achieved a sustainability certification for its 300-hectare tire test center an hour southeast of Madrid.
The solar-powered Visitor Center at the test center earned LEED v4 platinum certification (the highest level), and Nokian received recognition for an all-around green operation at the campus.
"I wish to thank our wonderful team, both in Spain and in Finland," Juha Pirhonen, director of technology projects at Nokian. "The result of the team's work is this stunning, beautiful and unique building."
The test center boasts 10 tracks, the Visitors Center and a plantation on which to study guayule.
About 21 percent of the energy generated by the solar panels is used to power the Visitors Center, and Nokian employs sustainable water management with low-flow fixtures; and by using stormwater for irrigation.