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Environment

From developing a new tire to its eventual disposal, Hankook Tire applies world-class eco-friendly standards throughout. We do our utmost to incorporate environment-friendly production techniques to create long-term sustainability.

From developing a new tire to its eventual disposal, Hankook Tire applies world-class eco-friendly standards throughout. We do our utmost to incorporate environment-friendly production techniques to create long-term sustainability.
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Context

It is a fundamental responsibility of a company to minimize the environmental impact caused by business activities. Therefore, the environmental issue is recognized as a risk at many companies in spite of their sustained efforts for improvement.

Risk & Opportunity

Legal standards for environmental issues such as air pollutants, wastewater, and waste in manufacturing business are being tightened and stakeholders’ interest in environment is also growing. They also require considerable efforts to reduce environmental impacts in whole product lifecycle ranging from manufacturing to disposal. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility through clean manufacturing and development of eco-friendly products.

Future Plans and Outlook

Recently tightening environmental regulations may usher in the technical barriers to trade in the world. Hankook Tire will be proactive in responding to environmental regulations to create new markets and business opportunities. In addition, we will upgrade our environmental management system to world-class level and beef up our image as an eco-friendly company through active communication with local communities.

Progress of Health and safety

  • Our Approach

    Hankook Tire’s declaration on environmentally-friendly business management, management responsibility and governance

    Declaration

    Being fully aware of environmental impacts generated throughout its entire product life cycle encompassing the acquisition of raw materials, production, use, recycling and disposal, Hankook Tire is committed to minimizing them at every stage of product life cycle. Hankook Tire will focus on developing eco-friendly products to help customers enjoy eco-friendly consumption and lifestyle.

    Management Responsibility and Governance

    EHS Committee
    • • Chaired by: Daejeon Plant Managing Director
    • • Supervised by: DP) Environment & Safety Team
    • • Members: KP) Environment & Safety Team, Machinery Engineering Team 3, DP)KP) Facility Maintenance Team, R&D Corporate Management Team, Material Research Team 2, CSR Team
    Product Environment Committee
    • • Chaired by: R&D Planning Department Director
    • • Supervised by: R&D Planning Team
    • • Members: PC Development Team 3, TB Development Team 2, Research Team 3, CSR Team
  • 2015Achievements

    2015 major achievements and accomplishments

    2015 Achievements
    ● Completed ◐ Partially Completed ○ Not Completed
    2015 Achievements
    Code Key managerial issues Goals Achievements Completion
    IE1 Management of environmental production infrastructure Sterengthen response capability to deal with tightening environmental regulations
    • Investigated the status of odor emissions at Daejeon Plant
    • Improved the efficiency of odor prevention facilities for mixing and curing process at Daejeon Plant
    • Installed weather system and adopted atmospheric diffusion modeling to Geumsan Plant
    • Renewed the ISO14001 certification
    Prevent environmental accidents
    • Adopted new chemicals to treat wastewater
    Expand activities for co-prosperity with local communities
    • Indemnified for fire accident
    • ‌‌Expanded communication with local communities (‘Green Environment Class’)
    • Supported small local companies for environmental management
    IE2 Resource management Lay the foundation for installation tire derived SRF(solid refuse fuels) pyrolysis facilities
    • Held 11 public hearings and 48 meetings with relevant institutions for installing facilities that use solid fuels
    IE3 Product environment Reduce tire rolling resistance
    • Expanded tire lineups with high-rated labeling
      • - PCR: 58% with B/B & C/A ratings and over
      • - TBR: 27% with B/B rating and over
    Develop eco-friendly products
    • Researched EV tire development technology
      • - Developed preceding products of narrow & tall tires
      • - Ensured 99% performance of comparison targets (rolling resistance: 115%, Cα*: 93%)
    • Developed a new definition of eco-friendly products
    • Renewed the carbon footprint labeling of enfren eco
    Develop safety-driven products
    • Secured technology for the development of eco-friendly runflat tire**
      • - 106% in weight and 95% in driving comfort compared with tires below 45 Series
    • * Cα (cornering stiffness): Stability in handling
    • ** Runflat tire is designed to resist the effects of deflation when punctured and to enable the vehicle to be driven at reduced speeds for limited distances to ensure the safety of drivers
  • 2016 Plans

    2016 plans and relevant office

    2016 Plans
    2016 Plans
    Code Key Managerial Issues Commitments Key Index Deadline Team in Charge
    IE1 Management of environmental production infrastructure Strengthen response capability to deal with tightening environmental regulations
    • Follow-up on results from the study of odor emissions status
    • Apply the technology for removing oil in inflow air of odor prevention facilities.
    • Replacement of old wastewater treatment facilities at Geumsan Plant
    Dec. DP) KP) Environment & Safety Team, Machinery Engineering Team 3
    Prevent environmental accidents
    • ‌‌Introduction of free tester raw materials use process for research
    Dec. R&D Corporate Management Team
    Expand activities for co-prosperity with local communities
    • ‌‌Operation of the Donggeurami Co-prosperity Council
    Dec. DP) KP) Environment & Safety Team
    IE2 Resource management Build facilities that use solid fuels
    • Efforts for acquiring licenses and stabilization of facility operation
    Dec. DP) KP) Environment & Safety Team
    IE3 Product environment Develop eco-friendly products
    • Expansion of tire lineups with high-rated labeling
    Dec. PC Development Team 3,
    TB Development Team 2
    • Development of lightweight tires
    Dec. PC Development Team 2 & 3
    Develop eco-friendly raw materials
    • ‌‌Developement of natural resources and application technologies
    Dec. Anti-Abrasion Performance Enhancement Project
    Develop runflat tires
    • Development of runflat tires
      • - H462 model for domestic sales
        (6 sizes)
    Dec. RFT Project

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