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Environmental Goals and Key Figures

We are working continuously on gradually reducing the environmental impact of our production sites.

Our goals are ambitious: We want to reduce CO2 emissions from our manufacturing processes by a total of approx. 20% by the year 2020, in accordance with the objectives of our new environmental strategy. In addition, we are aiming to further reduce our energy use, water consumption, and waste generation, with the goal of achieving a 3% reduction in each of these areas year on year and an annual 2% increase in our waste recycling rate. We will reduce our consumption of raw materials by using more recycled materials. In this way, we indirectly contribute to reducing energy consumption in raw material extraction and production.

CO2 emissions


The total Scope 1 CO2 emissions of the included locations amounted to 715,000 metric tons in 2015 (previous year: 662,000 metric tons). This corresponds to an absolute increase of 8%, partly due to the 10.5% rise in sales, increased production, starting to produce new products with corresponding start-up effects, and virtual increases caused by the adaptation of local/regional emission coefficients. This yields a lower specific figure of 18.9 metric tons of Scope 1 CO2 emissions per € million of adjusted sales in 2015 (previous year: 19.3 metric tons). This represents a reduction in the specific value of 2.6%.

The data we have recorded relates to all manufacturing facilities relevant to the environment over which Continental AG has operational control (195 corporate locations in 2015).

The cited key figures were reviewed by the auditing firm KPMG and verified with an ISAE 3000 certificate.

Energy consumption


The total energy requirements in the year under review rose by 5% to 29.3 million GJ (previous year: 27.9 GJ). Electricity accounted for 14.9 million GJ and fossil fuels for 14.4 million GJ.

The data acquisition comprises 195 environment-related locations, 170 of which are certified to ISO 14001. The factors resulting in the increase in energy consumption include an extension of the data acquisition, a rise in demand for our products, new production runs starting up, and the construction of new production sites (greenfield sites).

The fossil fuel share includes 2.7 million GJ of purchased steam and 68,646 GJ of district heating. The quantity of self-generated regenerative energy was 16,845 GJ. In the period under review, no energy was sold to third parties.

All corporation-related environmental performance indicators are recorded corporation-wide in a central reporting tool. The recording methods and data quality are monitored in a "Limited Assurance" by KPMG.

Water consumption


Overall, water requirements rose slightly by 1.8% to 16.7 million cubic meters in 2015 (previous year: 16.4 million cubic meters). Here too, the reason for the rise was increased production. In contrast, the specific requirements fell compared with 2015 from 480 to 442 cubic meters per € million of adjusted sales – this represents a reduction in the specific value of 8%. By 2020, we want to reduce specific water consumption to 394 cubic meters per € million of adjusted sales.

The water requirements are covered by public networks (approx. 39%), wells (approx. 43%), and river water (approx. 18%).

In order to achieve a more targeted response to water risks, a concept for water risk areas is currently being prepared. The objective is to be able to react better to the negative effects of water shortages and to adapt the local water targets and saving projects to the challenges of the specific region.

The cited key figures were reviewed by the auditing firm KPMG and verified with an ISAE 3000 certificate.

Waste production and recycling


In 2015, the corporation produced 310,085 metric tons of waste (previous year: 291,000 metric tons). This is made up of 53,119 metric tons of waste disposal and 256,966 metric tons of waste for recycling. The recycling quota is 82.9%. The absolute increase by approx. 5.8% is a result of the increased production volume, acquisitions, and consolidation of waste collection. In 2015, approx. 10% of the waste was hazardous.

Despite a 10.5% sales increase, the specific waste volume per € million of adjusted sales fell from 8.5 metric tons/€ million to 8.2 metric tons/€ million. This represents a reduction in the specific value of 3.6%.

We are striving for a specific waste volume of 6.8 metric tons per € million of adjusted sales and a recycling rate of 90% by 2020.

The cited key figures were reviewed by the auditing firm KPMG and verified with an ISAE 3000 certificate.

* Before changes in the scope of consolidation

Further Information:

Explanatory Notes to the Environmental Key Figures

Independent assurance Report