Continental Tire plant in Portugal receives ISCC Plus certification
“We want to extend the internationally recognised certification to other of our tire plants as well...”
Hanover, Germany – Continental AG’s tire manufacturing plant in Lousado, Portugal has recently received the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) Plus.
The certification recognises the plant’s compliance with special sustainability standards, including transparency and traceability of the raw materials used in the production processes.
At Lousado, Continental produces the UltraContact NXT, which is claimed to be the most sustainable series tire on the market with up to 65% sustainable materials.
Raw materials come from renewable, recycled and mass-balance certified streams, 28% of which is accounted for by ISCC Plus-certified materials, said Continental 30 Aug.
Such materials include synthetic rubber made from bio-butadiene or industrial carbon black, some of which are produced from end-of-life tires.
“The certification underscores our strong commitment to more transparency along the entire supply-chain,” said Jorge Almeida, head of sustainability tires at Continental.
“We want to extend the internationally recognised ISCC Plus certification to other of our tire plants as well,” Almeida pointed out.
ISCC Plus certification is in-line with Continental’s long-term goal to produce 100% sustainable tires by 2050, with a 40% target for the mid-term period to end of 2030.
Targets for the group include increased use of raw materials such as rice husk-based silica, recycled PET from discarded bottles, dandelion-based rubber and recycled rubber.