In 1997, in a farsighted move, then CEO Masatoshi Ono announced that all major Bridgestone Americas manufacturing facilities would achieve ISO 14001 Certification by the year 2000 (Firestone’s Centennial year). In support of this initiative, Mr. Ono signed the Bridgestone Americas Environmental Policy in February 1998. Later that year the first two manufacturing facilities of Bridgestone Americas were certified to the ISO 14001:1996 standard. Currently, 52 Bridgestone Americas facilities are certified.
In an extension of this farsighted move on proactive certification, Bridgestone Americas has embraced the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification. In 2009, Bridgestone become the first tire company in the world to attain the LEED certification of not only one but two of its tire manufacturing facilities. These facilities are located in Warren County, Tennessee, and Aiken County, South Carolina. In 2011, the company announced it would be opening a new off-the-road tire facility in Aiken, South Carolina; this facility is also being built to LEED spec.
In April 2012, the company opened its new state-of-the-art Americas Technical Center in Akron, Ohio that has also been built to LEED specification. The building incorporates many of the company’s own Firestone Building Products materials that helped the building acheive this status.
In addition to our involvement in the ISO 14001 certification program and the USGBC’s LEED program, Bridgestone Americas is also actively involved in the EPA SmartWay program, through our truck tires and our private (shipper/carrier) fleet. In recognition, Bridgestone has achieved the EPA certified SmartWay Transport Partner designation.
Several of our manufacturing facilities also maintain wildlife habitat areas certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council. These areas incorporate native species plantings and special maintenance activities to optimize the land for native species habitat, as well as community involvement and education about wildlife, nature and environmental management principles. Find out more about our wildlife habitats here.
These many efforts in leading certification programs signal our comprehensive corporate-wide approach to conserve energy and natural resources used in manufacturing and to reduce environmental impacts related to production operations. From 2005 to 2010, when indexed against production, water use and wastewater discharge have decreased, energy use and Scope 1 CO2 emissions have trended down, and Scope 2 CO2 emissions, SOx, NOx have all significantly decreased.