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.
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 2016, Continental generated around a third 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 protection confirmed
Our CDP ranking confirms the success of our commitment to climate protection. The CDP assesses the environmental performance of companies in terms of CO2 emissions. 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. In 2016, Continental was once again given an improved rating compared with the previous year. Our rating was upgraded from level C to level B. This upgrade is testament to Continental's active management for climate protection, and makes us one of the best companies in the automotive sector.