Science and technology

Nanotechnology and Tyres

Greening Industry and Transport

Published on July 17, 2014

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New nanomaterials offer promising avenues for future innovation, which can contribute towards the sustainability and resource efficiency of the tyre industry. Yet uncertainty over environmental health and safety (EHS) risks appears to be a main and continuous concern for the development of new nanomaterials in tyre production, even for those closest to market. Lack of sector-specific guidance represents a major gap.

This report provides insights into the policy issues related to nanotechnology use in the tyre industry: the status of nanotechnology innovation in the sector and the drivers of innovation in the tyre industry; the economic and social costs and benefits of using nanotechnology in tyres; the safe use of new nanomaterials at all stages of their life cycles; the identification of the tools and frameworks supporting decision making at various stages of product development; and the facilitation of outreach and knowledge transfer on the safe use of new nanomaterials.

A risk management framework has also been developed as part of the study to enable site-specific or company-specific risk assessments or risk management strategies for using nanomaterials as additives in tyres.

SUMMARIESavailable in 10 languages

English Nanotechnology and Tyres
Spanish Nanotecnología y neumáticos
German Nanotechnologie und Reifen
Japanese ナノテクノロジーとタイヤ
Italian Nanotecnologie e pneumatici
Chinese 纳米技术与轮胎
Korean 나노기술과 타이어
Portuguese A nanotecnologia e os pneus
Russian Нанотехнологии и шины
Turkish Nanoteknoloji ve Oto Lastikleri

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword
Acronyms and abbreviations
Executive summary
Reader's guide
Nanotechnology in tyres: Status of the technology
Key drivers of innovation in the tyre industry
Socio-economic impacts of the development of new nanomaterials in tyres production
Environmental impacts in the context of life-cycle assessment
Environment, health and safety: Development of a risk management framework
Environment, health and safety: Knowledge and best practice transfer
Annexes3 chapters available
Stakeholder engagement
Data, assumptions and results from the societal cost-benefit model
Data, assumptions and detailed results for the life-cycle analysis
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HIGHLIGHTS

The report emphasises the importance of:

  • The policies to support research in the environmental, health and safety risks, as well as those to support the commercialisation of nanotechnology research results, for fostering responsible innovation in the tyre sector;
  • Using available tools (e.g. cost/benefit analysis, LCA) to gain better insight into the socio-economic and environmental impacts of nanotechnology applications;
  • Collaboration between governments and industry to address the specific challenges raised by the introduction of new nanomaterials in different industry sectors.
BACKGROUND CONTACTS

This report includes the results and conclusions of a two-year project, which was a joint endeavour between OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials and its Working Party on Nanotechnology. It was based on an original proposal supported by the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD (BIAC) through the Tyre Industry Project (TIP) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

For further information, please contact Marie-Ange Baucher and Peter Kearns at the OECD.

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