Goodyear receives FIA’s highest level environmental accreditation

Goodyear Racing EMEA has been recognised with the highest possible score in the FIA’s Environmental Accreditation programme, underlining the tire manufacturer’s commitment to sustainability in both its car and truck racing activities.

Recognised for its long-term sustainability plans and clear strategies towards mitigating the impact of global motorsport operations, Goodyear is the first ACO tire partner to achieve the top three-star rating in the FIA Environmental Accreditation framework. The certification covers the motorsport programmes run by Goodyear Racing EMEA, including the brand’s presence in the FIA World Endurance Championship, 24 Hours of Le Mans and European Le Mans Series, as well as the Goodyear FIA European Truck Racing Championship.

Every Goodyear racing tire for these championships is manufactured in Goodyear’s state-of-the-art facilities in Hanau, Germany, and Colmar-Berg, Luxembourg, which have both received ISO 14001 and ISO 45001 certification. The Hanau facility is also ISCC certified since January 2024. In addition, both facilities operate with 100% renewable electricity, as do all Goodyear EMEA manufacturing facilities. Goodyear has a long-term goal of transforming its manufacturing operations and processes to all renewable energy by 2040.

Goodyear’s other sustainability goals include fully replacing petroleum-derived oils in its products by 2040 and reaching net-zero value chain greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

An on-going commitment toward a more responsible approach

On the racetrack, Goodyear switched to using a single specification of slick racing tire in WEC in 2022. This year, with the introduction of the LMGT3 class for which Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier, Goodyear still brings one specification of slick tire to each event. Other classes and championships with multiple tire compounds mean tire manufacturers often have to produce an excess to meet demand. This change has seen a 33% reduction in the number of tires Goodyear produces during a season, allowing for lower freight requirements as fewer tires are transported to the track.

In Goodyear FIA ETRC, the top tier of truck racing, Goodyear utilises retreading, in a similar practice to that used in daily commercial vehicle fleet operations. After the race, the used racing tires are retreaded to give them a renewed purpose for transportation companies, reducing the overall waste and prolonging the tire’s lifespan after they become no longer suitable for racing.

Mathias Kipp, Head of Car Racing, Goodyear EMEA: “Throughout the history of racing, technological advances in motorsport have helped develop innovations for consumers too. Today, this is no different when it comes to sustainability. This three-star FIA Environmental Accreditation rating recognises the significant advances Goodyear has made to integrate sustainability into our racing program of our racing operation, both in the factory and at the track.”

Marek Nawarecki, FIA Senior Circuit Sport Director: “The FIA Environmental Accreditation Programme allows the FIA to measure sustainability across motor sport and encourage different stakeholders to enhance their environmental performance. Motor sport is a highly influential area that has the power to impact the future of mobility. I am therefore pleased that a major stakeholder such as Goodyear, which has been a tyre supplier to different FIA competitions over the years and which transfers its know-how from the race track to the road, has achieved the highest possible environmental standard set out by the FIA.”

Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest: “Goodyear has a long-standing partnership with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and ACO-label series and I congratulate them on their FIA Three-Star Environmental Accreditation. This is a sign that our partners are aligned with our goal to be carbon neutral by 2030. Well done Goodyear for working to make motorsport more and more responsible”.

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