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Activities and Initiatives


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To make the production of tires even more environmentally friendly in the future, Continental is investing in energy-efficient, economical and low-emission production methods. We are aiming to achieve carbon neutral production for all tires by 2040.

To this end, we have set ourselves ambitious interim targets:

Ambitions by 2025

  • Complete phase-out of coal and fuel oil use for steam generation at our tire production sites worldwide

Ambitions by 2030

  • Recover 95 percent of the waste generated at our tire production sites worldwide
  • Reduce waste by an additional 20 percent at our tire production sites worldwide, based on 2020 generation
  • Reduce water consumption by an additional 50 percent compared to 2020, with correspondingly higher targets at high water stressed areas
  • Reduce energy consumption by an additional 20 percent compared with 2018

Ambitions by 2040

  • 100 percent carbon-neutral production for all our tires


As a result of years of efforts, Continental Tires has reached an industry-leading position when it comes to energy consumption per metric ton of tires produced compared to the industry average. This is the result of a Continental-internal benchmarking exercise with the average energy consumption of the world’s leading tire manufacturers, as reported by the Tire Industry Project of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In 2023 alone, Continental’s tire division reduced its annual energy requirements by a total of around 150 gigawatt hours thanks to 160 energy-saving projects. This was achieved by such measures as for example thermal insulation. This is roughly equivalent to the average annual electricity supply of 12,500 single-family homes.

Since late 2020, the electricity that we purchase for our tire production facilities worldwide has been carbon-neutral and derived from renewable energies. To prove this, we secure energy attribute certificates in accordance with the criteria of the RE100 initiative. To generate green electricity on site, we also operate solar installations at our tire factories.

Energy Efficient, Resource Efficient, Environmentally Friendly

By 2040, our production will be carbon neutral. This is an ambitious goal, as tire production requires large amounts of electricity and heat.

We therefore invest significantly in continuously improved, innovative and resource-conserving production processes. For example, we already source 100 percent of our electricity at our production sites worldwide from renewable energies (RE100) since 2020.

We also intend to generate as much renewable energy as possible on site at our tire manufacturing facilities in order to minimize transmission losses and operate as efficiently as possible. Several of our sites worldwide are already using their own solar installations to produce energy. 

In this way, many Continental sites are making a decisive contribution to fulfilling our climate protection strategy, which aims to operate in a carbon neutral manner across the entire value chain.

Green Operations

In our tire plant in Lousado we have taken an important step forward towards our goal. 

Thanks to an innovative electric boiler which can generate steam from green electricity instead of gas, a complete CO2-neutral production process is being tested in the mega-plant with a production capacity of more than 18 million tires per year. 

For more information, read our press release.

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