Continental's tire plant in Lousado/Portugal, recently received the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) PLUS.
Continental's tire plant in Lousado/Portugal
Jorge Almeida, Head of Sustainability at Continental Tires
The subject of the certification were the processes for the mass balance of raw materials. In the mass balance approach, fossil, renewable and recycled raw materials are mixed in existing systems and processes. Their quantities are tracked along the value chain and allocated to one or more initial products. The mass balance approach enables Continental to successively increase the proportion of sustainable materials in its products. It ensures that the proportion of certified sustainable materials can be precisely reported in the balance sheet.
The UltraContact NXT is the first series tire for which Continental uses mass balance certified materials
Mass-balance-certified materials: synthetic rubber and carbon black
The UltraContact NXT is the first series tire for which Continental uses mass balance certified materials,for example, synthetic rubber made from bio-based and bio-circular raw materials or industrial carbon black, which is produced in parts from circular oil. In the production of synthetic rubber, butadiene derived from petroleum can be replaced by bio-based and bio-circular raw materials, thus enabling even more environmentally friendly tire production. Pyrolysis of end of life tires recovers oil, gas and carbon, among other things. The resulting oil is already being used for the production of industrial carbon black.
“The UltraContact NXT, our most sustainable tire to date, is produced in Lousado. I am very proud of the performance of our team and the great progress we are making in the area of sustainability along the entire value chain, not only in our plant. Our successful ISCC PLUS certification is another example of that,” says Pedro Carreira, Head of Continental's tire plant in Lousado, Portugal.
Pedro Carreira, Head of the Continental tire plant in Lousado/Portugal
Target for 2050 at the latest: tires made entirely from sustainable materials
Continental is also working intensively to switch as many raw materials as possible in production to sustainable materials. Raw materials that could be used in tire production in the future include agricultural waste such as the ash from rice husks, rubber from dandelions, recycled rubber or PET bottles.
The certification of Continental's plant in Lousado is another important step on Continental's path to use over 40 % renewable and recycled materials in its tires by 2030 and to become completely climate-neutral by 2050. By 2050 at the latest, all new tires from Continental are to be made of 100 % sustainable materials.
Lousado: a site with a long history looking ahead to the future
At the site in Lousado tires for passenger cars, agricultural machinery and off-road vehicles are produced. With a history in Portugal dating back more than 30 years, Continental is a dependable partner that values its history but is also committed to innovation in both tire manufacturing and automotive technology.