Who wants to be left behind in the race to green-ify your public image? No one, that's who. So Continental is releasing a note today that doesn't announce any new products or initiatives, but instead serves as a showcase for the eco-friendly work that Continental has done over the last few years.

This work includes: investing in hybrid systems, tires with optimized rolling resistance, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) as well as new generation engine control units that help reduce emissions.

As for Continental's claim that it can reduce CO2 emissions by 45 percent, that comes from using a full hybrid powertrain (40 percent) and "resistance optimized" tires (5 percent). Adding a full hybrid isn't exactly an option you can add to any car, but most everyone could use more efficient tires.

Read everything Continental's got to say after the fold.

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CONTINENTAL HARD AT WORK ON CO2 REDUCTION

With the environment and consumers in mind, Continental is hard at work developing products that will be able to make a real difference in reducing traffic related CO2 emissions. Continental has invested in hybrid systems, tyres with optimised rolling resistance, tyre pressure monitoring systems and new generation engine control units to reduce emissions.

In the last five years, Continental, the international automotive supplier, has reduced CO2 emissions by more than 30 percent per product tonne. "The current discussion in the European Union surrounding climate protection and the latest CO2 targets for the automotive industry underline the fact that, especially with our hybrid systems, we are offering forward-looking technology," stresses Manfred Wennemer, chairman of the Continental Executive Board.

"A so called mild hybrid accounts for considerable fuel savings at relatively low additional cost. It also reduces CO2 emissions, without forcing compromises in terms of performance and driving pleasure," elaborates Dr. Karl Thomas Neumann, Continental Executive Board member for the Automotive Systems division. "A full hybrid can achieve fuel economies of up to 40 percent and correspondingly lower emissions. Continental is in close collaboration with car manufacturers developing products like these."

Wennemer pointed out that for years now Continental has been working to lower the rolling resistance of its tyres and therefore concentrating on reducing CO2 emissions.

"We expect this matter to become ever more important in the automotive industry and with consumers in the next few years – and thus become a more significant factor in tyre development as well," he said.

The ultra low-resistant ContiEcoContact 3 tyre demonstrates this. It can increase a car's fuel efficiency by around 5%. This translates into fuel savings of roughly 56 litres for an average car's annual mileage and thus savings of around £45 at the pump and a 135-kg reduction in CO2 emissions. In developing new tyres, Continental will continue to rigorously pursue the goal of higher fuel efficiency.

Wennemer pointed to the fact that tyre pressure monitoring systems can already help to slash CO2 emissions in cars and commercial vehicles. "Combined with telematic systems, smart tyres will be able to do even more in the future. And Continental is excellently positioned in this regard," says Wennemer.

Continental has also made significant developments in commercial vehicle tyres. With its latest tyre generation, Continental has been able to reduce rolling resistance and cutting costs for hauliers and making a valuable contribution to protecting the environment. Continental has also achieved CO2 optimisation with the new generation of Continental commercial vehicle engine control units. The units are designed to ensure compliance with impending lower emission limits, including EPA (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) 2007, Japan 09, and Euro 6.

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