Environmental Protection UK campaign to focus on benefits of energy-efficient tyres
The charity is highlighting how such tyres can achieve big fuel savings whilst simultaneously reducing a vehicle’s CO2 emissions. Differences between the energy efficiency of tyres can be significant and the most fuel efficient tyres currently on the market can reduce fuel consumption by 10% compared to the worst performers. With CO2 emissions directly proportional to fuel consumption, the best performing tyres can also reduce CO2 emissions by 10% and significantly improve a fleet’s environmental performance.
Aware of the fuel and carbon saving potential of these tyres, the EU is introducing new tyre labelling legislation in November 2012, designed to make it easier for consumers, company drivers and fleet managers choose the right tyres to cut noise and CO2 emissions and improve fuel economy.
The legislation will require all tyres to be accompanied by a label at point of sale providing information on wet grip, fuel efficiency and exterior rolling noise. Separate legislation, also coming in force from November 2012, sets new type approval standards for tyres on rolling resistance, noise and wet grip. However, there are already tyres on the market which meet, and even exceed the rolling resistance standards set out in the new legislation. These tyres are widely available in the UK and produced by all of the major tyre manufacturers.
In March, Environmental Protection UK will be running a campaign on the benefits of such tyres. The charity will be working with businesses and local authorities, giving them guidance and advice on procuring energy-efficient tyres. Businesses that pledge to introduce minimum standards on rolling resistance and noise to their tyre procurement specifications will be promoted on the charity’s website and communications.
For more information on the campaign contact Carina Perkins at [email protected] or call 01278 878778