In the spring of 2014, for the first time in modern history, atmospheric carbon dioxide – the key driver of global warming – exceeded 400 parts per million across most of the northern hemisphere. Prior to the Industrial Revolution, carbon dioxide concentrations were about 270 parts per million. Concentrations of the greenhouse gas in the atmosphere continue to increase, driven primarily by the burning of fossil fuels.
The collection & processing of End of Life (Waste) Tyres and their use instead of coal in industrial furnaces, allows large industrial users of coal to reduce CO2 emissions while also reducing their average cost of energy. In fact, collecting and burning one tonne of waste tyres, prevents the combustion of 1 1/3 tonnes of coal, and reduces CO2 emissions by a similar amount. (Source
Less than 75% of the tyres used in Ireland each year are collected according to existing legal requirements, compared to a European average of 96%.
(Review of the Producer Responsibility Initiative Model in Ireland SECTION 9: TYRES AND WASTE TYRES, Nov 2013).
100% collection of Waste Tyres and Energy Recovery via cement production will deliver on a yearly basis the same Carbon Emission Reductions as delivered by 40 1MW Wind Turbines. If this was replicated across Europe, Carbon savings equivalent to 4,000 1MW wind turbines could be achieved.
Ensure your tyres are being collected responsibly by looking for the TRACS logo where you change your tyres. (http://www.tracsireland.ie/)