Continental meets target of 100% green electricity for production

A KPMG reasonable assurance report has revealed that Continental achieved its target of using 100% green electricity in its production processes in 2020. Last year, the manufacturer purchased four million MWh of green energy, and reduced its direct and indirect global COemissions by 70%, down from 3.2 million metric tons in 2019 to 0.99 million metric tons in 2020. Continental says that several forms of renewable energy were used to help reach the target, including water, sun and wind.

“Sustainable business is the future. With our ambitious goals, we are decisively pursuing the transformation to a sustainable economy,” commented Ariane Reinhart, the Continental executive board member responsible for sustainability. “We are delighted by this objective validation of our work. The result of the audit shows that we take our sustainability ambitions seriously and are meeting the targets we have set ourselves.”

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Sumitomo Rubber joins Japan Hydrogen Association

Sumitomo Rubber has announced that it has joined the Japan Hydrogen Association after its membership application was approved mid-February. The Association’s aim is to promote global cooperation in every part of the hydrogen industry, alongside forming reliable supply chains for hydrogen.

Sumitomo says it is working to achieve net-zero CO2  emissions within its tire manufacturing processes by 2050, and has started to investigate the future use of hydrogen energy at its major tire factories in Japan.

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Cleaner, stronger, harder: New tech improves sustainable concrete

Researchers have developed a new technology to manufacture concrete made from recycled materials that is stronger and more durable than the traditional product.

Recycled concrete aggregates made with everything from coffee cups to building rubble offer huge environmental benefits, from reducing landfill and COemissions, to saving natural resources and boosting the circular economy.

Despite ongoing improvements however, challenges with matching the strength and durability of traditional concrete have hindered the practical application of these sustainable alternatives.

Now researchers from RMIT have developed a new method for casting prefabricated concrete products made with rubber tyres and construction and demolition waste that are up to 35% stronger than traditional concrete.

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Tesla's rise made 2020 the year the U.S. auto industry went electric | Reuters

DETROIT (Reuters) – Tesla Inc and Wall Street made 2020 the year that the U.S. auto industry decided to go electric. Tesla’s market capitalization surged above $600 billion, making the once wobbly startup founded by billionaire Elon Musk worth more than the five top-selling global vehicle making groups combined.

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Nokian Tyres Celebrates Pair of Sustainability Milestones

One year after Nokian Tyres opened its North American tire production facility in Dayton, Tennessee, the company says it is celebrating a pair of milestones.

The factory’s production building has earned LEED v4 Silver certification, and the company is opening what it calls an “eco-friendly, life-driven administration building” on the 135-acre campus.

Nokian says the facility earned LEED v4 Silver certification thanks to a range of sustainable elements, including:

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Canadian nickel miners claim carbon-neutral mining for EV battery metal

The Big Nickel (L), a nine-meter high replica of a Canadian five cent coin, is framed with the Vale Inco Superstack (R), a 380-meter high chimney at the Copper Cliff Smelter Complex, in Sudbury, Ontario TORONTO — Mineral-rich Canada has potential to become a preferred supplier of cleaner nickel to power electric vehicles (EV), miners say, as automakers scour the globe for more environmentally friendly supplies of the metal.

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Device to curb microplastic emissions wins James Dyson award

A device that captures microplastic particles from tyres as they are emitted – and could help reduce the devastating pollution they cause – has won its designers a James Dyson award.

The Tyre Collective, a group of masters students from Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art, scooped the UK prize of the international competition with their solution for the growing environmental scourge of tyre wear caused by road transport.

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The European tyre industry will contribute to achieve the new EU climate goals

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Brussels, 17 September 2020 – The tyre industry welcomes the European Commission’s ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030. This announcement also affirms Europe’s determination to continue striving for more innovative and sustainable mobility solutions to advance common interests.

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European Commission to propose more ambitious emissions limits for autos: draft | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission will propose that the European Union further tighten its auto emissions limits, according to a draft document seen by Reuters on Friday, prompting a pushback from Germany’s car industry, the region’s biggest. Under the proposal, by 2030 the average carbon dioxide emissions of new cars should be 50% below 2021 levels. The bloc’s current plan calls for a 37.5% reduction over that period. A spokeswoman for the commission declined to comment.

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BASF Reveals Emission Data To Help Firms Shrink CO2 Footprint

German chemical company BASF is providing its customers with carbon footprint information about all its products in a move to providing greater transparency and allowing customers to lower their CO2 emissions.

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