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.
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.
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).