Continental has set the target to be CO2-neutral in all of its production processes by 2040. As a first step, the company aims to procure its electricity exclusively from renewable sources at all of its worldwide production sites by the end of 2020. Continental CEO Dr Elmar Degenhart is optimistic that the automotive industry can achieve CO2-neutrality across the entire supply chain by 2050.
For Continental, a CO2-neutral production constitutes part of the requisite healthy mobility ecosystem. The innovations provide for the reduction of emissions, enhanced safety and greater connectivity and digitalization for more comfort and convenience as well as fewer accidents. In view of the weakening economic situation and the investments that are required for the mobility of the future and digitalization, Degenhart called on the German government to support the economy by reducing tax and duties for companies and consumers.
“Future mobility will be climate-friendly, as well as economically and socially viable,” says Degenhart. “Our aim in this is to have technologies that are both eco-efficient and socially acceptable. In this way, we protect not only the ecological climate, but the economic and social climates as well. To achieve this, we have to take all of these things into account right from the production stage.”
“We want to become even more energy-efficient,” Degenhart explained. “In terms of sales, we will reduce our energy expenditures by a fifth over the next ten years.”
Other elements of Continental’s environmental strategy relate to resource efficiency, waste reduction, and the sustainable use of water in regions where access to clean water is extremely difficult.