Continental at the IAA MOBILITY - Sustainability, C02 neutrality and a "green tire"

Nikolai Setzer, CEO of Continental AG, underscored the Hanover-based corporation's green orientation during the presentation of the trade fair's themes. He said that the company had a "roadmap" towards CO2 neutrality, and that it was also increasingly becoming a software provider. He added that 20,000 employees were already working in the software sector.
At more than 50 percent, the tire contains a particularly high proportion of traceable, renewable and recycled materials. Credits: Continental

The main topic of the press conference, however, was sustainability. "By 2040, we want to achieve zero carbon emissions from all our plants worldwide. And by 2050 at the latest, we want to be carbon neutral along the entire value chain," Setzer said.

The company, which turns 150 this year, has experienced technical revolutions several times in its long history, and mastering them is in its DNA.  Setzer: "150 years of technology transformation. And we're still here."At the press conference, Setzer also presented a car tire as a "Conti Green Concept" for resource-saving production aimed at in the future.This involves replacing rubber, which can be transported over long distances and is therefore hardly environmentally friendly, and increasing the use of recycled materials such as plastic from PET bottles in production.

More than 50 percent of the tire is made from recycled or renewable materials. The amount of imported rubber has been reduced by using natural rubber from local dandelions and silicate from the ash of rice husks. "Rubber comes from far away, but we can also produce substitutes on our doorstep," Setzer said.

The "Conti GreenConcept" is 40 percent lighter than conventional tires and causes 25 percent less rolling resistance. The top part of the tire can be replaced several times. "The cars of the future will also need tires. We will be able to produce them ever more sustainably, as our Conti GreenConcept tire shows. And it also shows how Continental can convert its tire production to sustainability by 2050 at the latest," Setzer said in Munich.