By Alex Kapadia
Pirelli tyres has revealed how it has adopted a ‘green technology’ programme to protect the environment.
The Italian tyres manufacturer started to eliminate aromatic oils from some of its road and competition tyres back in 2007 and since 1 January 2010, as required by European legislation, all of its road and motorsport tyres are produced without aromatic oils.
Pirelli also highlighted the ecological disposal of the its Formula One tyres once they have been used. All the tyres are transported back to Didcot after each race, where they are finely shredded, along with other road car tyres.
The shredded tyres form small pellets, which are then burnt at extremely high temperatures as fuel for cement factories. The extremely high temperatures, in excess of 1400 degrees centigrade, mean that no noxious fumes are released and the only particles that remain is very fine, non-poisonous, ash.
Pirelli has been using this technology since 2002 in Italy, and also used it throughout its return to single-seater competition last year with the GP2 season. In total, Pirelli will dispose of up to 80,000 competition tyres this year using this method – which has been adopted as well in other countries throughout the world.
Paul Hembery, Pirelli’s motorsport director, commented: “The environment has always been extremely high on our agenda at Pirelli. The way that we dispose of the tyres is firm evidence of this: in fact, the road surfaces that spectators drive on to get to grands prix in future could well be made up of some of our recycled tyres…”