reduce fuel consumption by 10%, a huge challenge for Michelin

Aurélien Fleurot, edited by Yanis Darras
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07:31, October 08, 2022

It’s time for sobriety. After the government’s call to reduce energy consumption in the country by 10% by 2024, companies must find solutions. If the priority is to hunt waste at Michelin, the tire manufacturer admits it: it had to turn to carbon energy sources to ensure its production this winter.

Reduce its energy consumption by 10% without affecting its production capacity. This is the challenge that companies must meet after the announcement of the sobriety plan this week, presented by the government. And for companies, like Michelin, there is no question of stopping the production lines. The French giant explains it: making tires requires going through a cooking stage, which requires a lot of natural gas to fuel the boilers.

So, in the famous Bibendum company, it was necessary to anticipate and turn to fallback solutions, even if that sometimes means emitting a little more CO2. “We have converted our boilers so that they can either switch from gas to fuel oil, or we have sometimes turned to coal when necessary. The objective is to be able to get through the winter without having to stop our production for lack of energy”, explains to the microphone of Europe 1 the president of the group, Florent Menegaux

Waste hunting

Not closing factories is the major challenge for the tire manufacturer, while rising raw material prices are expected to cost the group nearly 2.5 billion euros in 2022.

To reduce the bill, Michelin, like Renault, also goes hunting for gaspi. Reduced heating, better controlled lighting in factories. And they are not alone. In the event of consumption peaks, the operator Orange has announced that it will shut down its network for up to 1 hour per day. The company thus hopes to relieve the network by leaving the fixed network to favor the use of electric batteries during rush hour, to avoid the cuts suffered.