Tire Giant Bridgestone has Grand Opening for Costa Rican Plant That Runs on Biomass

The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – A boiler that uses biomass will reduce daily fuel consumption by 50 percent  for the multinational company Bridgestone to produce tires.

The company, headquartered in San Antonio de Belén, opened a new plant with the goal of achieving carbon neutrality “in the short term”. The boiler uses wooden pallets as fuel, which allows savings of up to 11,000 liters of fuel said the President of Bridgestone, Oscar Rodriguez.

The businessman said that with this first step they hope to soon become the first tire company in the world to be carbon neutral.

It is estimated that their boiler’s annual greenhouse gas emissions will decrease from 22,000 to 11,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

President of the Republic, Luis Guillermo Solís, along with the Minister of Environment and Energy, Edgar Gutiérrez attended the opening of the plant on Monday.

The president acknowledged the work of the company and reaffirmed the commitment of the country to be carbon neutral by 2021.

The president of the company said it plans to continue investing in the country and are waiting on a few international treaties to get into place that will allow for the recruitment of 200 new jobs.

Bridgestone produces 12,500 tires per day, of which 6 percent remain in the country and the rest are exported.

The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

San Jose, Costa Rica

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