Climate protection is part of our ecological and social responsibility. Our products and technologies also bear witness to this.
We want to make a contribution to tackling climate change – firstly, by operating on an energy-efficient basis, and secondly, by developing products that help reduce CO2 emissions. We aim to use increasingly scarce raw materials as efficiently as possible and, wherever possible, to develop more sustainable alternatives.
Electricity from renewable sources should be used at all production locations by the end of 2020. We intend to make our production CO2-neutral by 2040. By the end of 2050, we also want to be CO2-neutral in the value chain.
We contribute to climate protection with a wide range of products. With a variety of solutions, we are able to reduce both the CO2 emissions of our automotive and industrial customers as well as those of the end users.
Innovative products and technologies in order to protect the climate
The energy consumption of vehicles is a key area in which we are focusing our activities aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. We are working to lower the dead weight of our products – since the lighter they are, the less energy a vehicle's drive requires. We are also looking into ways to reduce the rolling and friction resistance of tires, engines and transmissions, because lower resistance also means lower energy requirements.
Furthermore, we are developing products to protect our climate in other areas. For example, we are significantly lowering vehicles' CO2 emissions by means of innovative hybrid drives, injection valves, telematic systems, and optimized hose lines. Our technologies are used to protect the environment outside the automotive industry – in mining, for example.
In 2019, Continental generated 42% of consolidated sales through products that are exceptionally energy efficient and/or reduce CO2 emissions. Our environmental strategy and the achievement of our environmental targets pay off ecologically and economically.
Successful Climate and Water Management Confirmed
Our CDP assessment confirms the success of our commitment to climate and water protection. The organization assesses the environmental performance of companies with respect to CO2 emissions, water management and sustainable processes in other categories such as resource management.
This is based on company data and information on CO2 emissions, the risks of these emissions for the climate and strategies employed to reduce emissions. They specifically assessed water risks management and efficiency projects, as well as the design of the supply chain in the area of water.
In 2019, we were able to maintain the “B” rating in the climate change area while achieving a higher rating in the water area with a “B” rating than in the previous year. In addition, Continental was once again recognized for the strategies and measures to reduce CO2 emissions throughout the supply chain as “CDP Supplier Engagement leader” (Level A). As a result, Continental is one of the 3% of the highest-rated companies. More than 4,800 companies were evaluated in 2019.