Source: European Parliament
Approximately 75 000 – 300 000 tonnes of microplastics are released into the environment each year in the EU. Unintentional release of particles from tyres accounts for some three quarters of this amount.
The 2018 European Strategy for Plastics highlights the need for targeted measures for various sources of microplastics. For tyres, the Strategy mentions the need to study ways to reduce the unintentional release of microplastics, possibly through tyre design, minimum requirements for abrasion and information requirements. The European Green Deal renews the EU’s commitment to tackling both the unintentional release of microplastics and the release of intentionally added microplastics.
The Impact Assessment (SWD(2018)0189) conducted for the revision of the Tyre Labelling Regulation stresses the need to align tyre labelling rules with the General Safety Regulation. The assessment suggests the need to carefully consider the option of using the General Safety Regulation in future to ban tyres that do not meet an acceptable abrasion standard. However, the recent revision of the General Safety Regulation does not introduce such a ban.
What legislative or non-legislative measures is the Commission planning to take to address the issue of microplastic release from tyres?