In a bid to achieve CO2 neutrality,
Continental has set the goal for itself to be CO2-neutral in all of its
production processes by 2040. As a first step, Continental aims to procure its
electricity exclusively from renewable sources at all of its worldwide
production sites by the end of 2020.
This was stated by Dr Elmar Degenhart,
CEO, Continental at the IAA press conference, who also presented solutions
regarding the most urgent challenges facing the automotive industry. Degenhart was
optimistic that the automotive industry can achieve CO2-neutrality across the
entire supply chain by 2050.
The innovations at IAA provide the reduction of emissions, enhanced safety and
greater connectivity and digitalisation for more comfort and convenience as
well as fewer accidents.
“We are designing the healthy ecosystem of mobility. Healthy mobility is the
opposite of doing without mobility. Healthy mobility is optimism in our future.
It is clean, safe and connected. Our solutions help people and society to
achieve a higher quality of life, faster progress, greater environmental
protection, and more personal opportunities for the future. Our heart beats for
this,” said Degenhart. He expressed that for Continental only a healthy
mobility ecosystem can sustainably meet any future mobility needs, enable
long-term and profitable growth for companies, create attractive jobs and
contribute to prosperity.
“Future mobility will be climate-friendly, as well as economically and socially
viable. Our aim in this is to have technologies that are both eco-efficient and
socially acceptable. In this way, we protect not only the ecological climate,
but the economic and social climates as well. To achieve this, we have to take
all of these things into account right from the production stage,” said
In terms of sales, Continental will reduce our energy expenditures by a fifth
over the next ten years. By the end of 2020, the company aims to procure 100
percent of the electricity it uses at its worldwide production sites from
renewable sources. Other elements of Continental’s environmental strategy
relate to resource efficiency, waste reduction, and the sustainable use of
water in regions where access to clean water is extremely difficult.
Germany is subject to the highest corporate taxes of all of the OECD countries.
In addition, social expenditures are very high here, and energy costs are the
second highest in the world. With such high burdens, it is difficult to
continue to compete globally when growth is stagnating. Lower taxes and costs
allow for higher investments and thus more innovations.
Continental is showcasing an electric drive system at the IAA that not only
reduces weight and cuts costs for vehicle manufacturers, but also shortens the
development time to volume production thanks to the high level of system
In addition to its fully integrated electric axle drive, Continental is
presenting at the IAA many other innovations for healthy mobility. Visitors to
the trade fair can try out a driving simulator in which they can experience
safe, intelligent and stress-free driving in a connected car of the future.
“High- performance computers, intelligent surfaces and cloud connectivity will
turn the vehicle of the future into a digital companion,” said Degenhart,
pointing out the efforts being made in the area of connectivity.
Continental is presenting its new short-range radar sensor. The
key feature of this sensor is that it can detect other road users and obstacles
with great accurately. A cornering assistant can thus recognize a road hazard
much faster than ever before and can warn the driver more quickly, request
emergency braking or trigger emergency braking automatically. This will help to
avoid bicycle accidents with trucks or cars, for example. “It has been our firm
conviction for many years that traffic accidents belong nowhere better than in
museums. The technical solutions are evolving in our hands right now,” said Degenhart.