Along with the rise in the global population, there is also a sharp rise in demand for mobility and industrial production. In order to cope with this demand also from the perspective of sustainability, the reduction of emissions across the board is vitally important both for people’s health and for companies’ ongoing commercial success. A high level of air quality, clean cities and a contribution to climate protection are the main drivers here. The mobility sector – Continental’s core business – is therefore undergoing a rapid transition to emission-free mobility. Emission-free vehicles – from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles to heavy commercial vehicles, trains, trams, ships, buses and bicycles – are key to this transition. These vehicles are, directly or indirectly, powered by renewable energies, and no longer produce any harmful emissions during their service life.
Continental is shaping the transformation to emission-free mobility and emission-free industries as supplier by offering customers solutions for precisely these businesses. To this end, Continental is committed to developing new products as well as to developing the existing portfolio in all business units. Continental generated almost €1 billion in sales in 2021 with these sustainable businesses – which include in particular products and components for vehicles without drive emissions, but also extend for example to products for wind turbines or photovoltaic systems. This already constitutes a major increase versus the previous year. In addition, Continental supplies a wide range of components and technologies for e-mobility. The ten electric vehicle brands with the highest volume worldwide in 2021 all rely on Continental technology.
The goal is inextricably linked with the ambition of carbon neutrality with a view to eliminating harmful emissions in the long term that arise during the procurement of individual components, during vehicle production and also during recycling at the end of use – for entirely carbon-neutral value creation for the mobility of the future.