Climate protection is part of our ecological and social responsibility. Our products and technologies also bear witness to this.
We invest in research and technologies for the reduction of CO2 emissions – both in production and in the use of products. For example, we work on products and systems that reduce the emissions of other pollutant gases, for instance from air conditioning systems. By making ever greater use of renewable raw materials (natural rubber, plant-based oils), we are also helping to conserve natural resources.
Continental reduces the energy consumption of vehicles by using innovative technologies – a significant contribution to the sustainability of individual mobility. This is achieved, on the one hand, by reducing the weight of our products so that less energy is required to power the vehicle. On the other hand, however, continuous improvements of our products, for example in the rolling and friction resistance of tires, engines, and transmissions, also play a role. These improvements mean less energy is required to overcome such resistance, which also reduces the CO2 emissions.
In past years, we have managed to reduce the weight of our brake components substantially while at the same time enhancing braking performance. We aim to continuously lower the average rolling resistance of our tires – without restricting any of the tires’ safety features.
Our piezo injection valves for conventional gasoline and diesel engines – awarded the 2005 German Innovation Prize – reduce CO2 emissions by up to 20 percent. Furthermore, our telematics systems and optimized hose lines reduce climate-related emissions.
Continental's products also contribute to climate protection in non-automotive applications: For example, our conveyor belts with optimized rolling resistance (Energy Optimized Conveyor Belts or EOBs) significantly reduce the energy required for open-cast coal mining. Another example?
Another example comes in the form of Conti®Thermo-Protect with its unique product characteristics. This innovative insulation protects industrial equipment from heat loss even in inaccessible places and thereby reduces the use of fossil fuels for heat generation and CO2 emissions.