Apr 14, 2016

Bridgestone Costa Rica Reduced Its Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 55 Percent

This award represents a significant achievement for continuous innovation and highlights our manufacturing plant in Costa Rica as a leader and pioneer in green initiatives

Erick Herrera, Country Manager of Bridgestone in Costa Rica

Goal exceeds corporate expectations after biomass boiler start up. Project effectiveness has allowed manufacturing plant to be recognized with the Environmental Excellence Award in the "2016 Bridgestone Group Awards.”

Bridgestone Costa Rica reported today that it has reduced in carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) by 55 percent as a result of its biomass boiler implemented in 2014, exceeding the project’s expectations by 30 percent.

As part of Costa Rica’s aim to become a Carbon Neutral country, the company installed a biomass boiler that generates energy using wood pellets for fuel; a kind of material that stands out as a solid biofuel manufactured from wooden particles, which due to consistency and features allows a more effective boiler combustion when compared to other alternatives like using wood as fuel.

This new clean technology implemented at Bridgestone Costa Rica’s manufacturing plant has contributed to the reduction of greenhouse gases and an increase in energy efficiency, and represents savings of 68 percent in the use of a bunker, equivalent to 13,500 liters per day.

Erick Herrera, Country Manager of Bridgestone in Costa Rica, stated that organization’s sustainability policy, coupled with the consistency and efficiency of the biomass boiler project, have allowed the company in Costa Rica to be recognized in the “2016 Bridgestone Group Awards” in the Environmental Excellence category. "The Bridgestone Group Awards are open to all the business units and employees of the Bridgestone Group around the world. This award represents a significant achievement for continuous innovation and highlights our manufacturing plant in Costa Rica as a leader and pioneer in green initiatives,´ said Herrera.

Bridgestone Costa Rica currently manufactures 11,500 tires per day and markets its products in 25 countries in Central America, Caribbean, Colombia and Ecuador, and reaffirms its commitment to implement green technologies in benefit of not only its business but also as a contribution to the environment and to the country’s development.