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      Facts, figures and data on sustainability

      • Globally, around 50 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere by humankind and its activities each year.
      • Of this, eight to ten billion metric tons are attributable to the transport sector.
      • 90,000,000,000 metric tons of waste are generated worldwide – year after year.

      Facts, figures and data on sustainability at Continental

      • Continental is directly or indirectly responsible for the emission of almost 110 million tons of carbon dioxide every year. This corresponds to 0.2 to 0.3 percent of total global emissions each year.
      • Its own CO2 emissions for 2021 amounted to 1.05 million metric tons (Scope 1 and 2). The majority of the emissions therefore did not come from the Continental plants themselves, but from upstream and downstream processes. But Continental also feels responsible for its deliveries, shipments, and the life cycle of its products.
      • Continental was able to reduce annual CO2 emissions within the limits of its own plants by almost 70 percent in 2020 by consistently upgrading to renewable energy.
      • 631 valid supplier self-assessments were available to Continental as at December 31, 2021. The company uses these to ensure that suppliers are complying with official laws or important occupational health and safety requirements.
      • Continental wants to reduce its water consumption in areas with a high degree of water-related risk by four percent each year, and by two percent each year in regions with a medium degree of risk.
      • Continental’s waste recycling rate for 2030 is expected to be 95 percent. The waste recycling rate measures the proportion of waste that has been recycled or has undergone material recycling, recycling for energy recovery, or recycling of any other kind. In 2021, this was 81 percent.


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      Anna Höhne

      Manager Media Relations, Sustainability

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