Sustainability, the circular economy of End-of-Life Tires at Ecomondo

The progress of the sector presented in Rimini

At Ecomondo, the reference fair for innovation and the circular economy, the ELT-End-of-Life Tires sector emerges as a key element for a more sustainable and environmentally friendly Italy. In this scenario, Ecopneus, a non-profit consortium company dedicated to the management of ELTs at a national level, underlines the progress achieved and the future prospects of a system which already today represents a concrete value for the country, stimulating industrial development and innovation.

The recycling of ELTs already today brings with it significant economic, environmental and employment benefits: not only does it reduce dependence on expensive imports of raw materials, but it also catalyzes investments in national projects, putting itself in a position to fully exploit the opportunities offered from the Pnrr. In 2022 alone, Ecopneus’ responsibility in managing ELTs brought Italy 127 million euros in savings and avoided 300 thousand tons of CO2.

Added to these results are over 600 thousand tCO2eq saved thanks to energy recovery and co-processing. Rubber recycled from ELTs – recalls Ecopneus – is increasingly becoming an opportunity for crucial sectors: sustainable and long-lasting road infrastructures, sports surfaces, sustainable construction and energy recovery as an alternative to fossil fuels represent just some of the many possibilities offered by the correct recycling of ELTs.

“The unique nature and extraordinary characteristics of ELTs make them a precious resource, not only from a sustainability point of view, but also as a driver of innovation and economic development. Exploiting the energy potential of ELTs, seeking new solutions in the asphalt field and enhancing the potential of chemical recycling, such as pyrolysis, are challenges that push us to give our best. The key is innovation, essential to respond to the evolving needs of the Italian recycled rubber market. Our dedication is not limited only to the present, we face the future with an approach aware of the complexities that await us, but determined to preserve a strategic supply chain for the country”, says the president of Ecopneus Alessandro De Martino.

With 230,000 tonnes of ELTs managed in 2022, Ecopneus exceeded the legal targets, saving 1.5 million cubic meters of water and 336 thousand tonnes of raw materials. In addition to environmental benefits, the circular economy of ELTs has stimulated the industry and created jobs: in 2022, the Ecopneus supply chain generated 59.8 million euros, with 51.7 million allocated to associated companies.

From 7 to 10 November Ecopneus will be present at Ecomondo 2023 in stand 201 in the South Hall, in the Rimini exhibition centre.