Continental Tyres has won the Tyre Champion award for 2022 at the recent Pakman Awards.
The Pakman Awards, powered by Repak, are the national environmental and sustainability awards, that recognise excellence in recycling and waste management among businesses, organisations, community groups and initiatives in Ireland.
Tom Dennigan of Continental Tyres Ireland expressed his delight with the win. “It is a great recognition of the strides that we have made in integrating sustainability as a key driver across all the levels of our organisation. We are very thankful to the Repak and Circol ELT teams for bestowing this honour on us,” he said.
In awarding the Tyre Champion title to Continental, the Pakman jury cited how, in the past year, the company has achieved top performance in the International Sustainability Rating, with Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) honouring their efforts in climate change mitigation for the fourth year in a row.
Also instrumental in Continental’s win was the fact that the company already consumes 55 per cent less water and 17 per cent less energy than the industry average per metric ton of tyres produced.
Bill Collins, CEO of Circol ELT added: “Congratulations to Continental Tyres on their Pakman Tyre Champion Award. Continental Tyre Group’s continued support for the waste tyre management scheme Circol ELT yields really tangible benefits for climate, communities, and biodiversity. During 2021, the 2,600 members of Circol ELT have recovered and recycled some 3.8 million waste tyres.”
Continental Tyres Ireland prepared a detailed submission for the Pakman award that listed a range of sustainability-focussed initiatives which the company has implemented across Europe.
A good example of these award-winning initiatives is the company’s new ground-breaking ContiRe.Tex technology. This technology makes Continental the first tyre manufacturer in the world to launch volume production of recycled polyester yarn obtained from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles into passenger car tyres.
Continental is a title sponsor of the all-electric Extreme E racing series, and for the second season of the Extreme E championship, which opened in February 2022, Continental has developed a tyre for participating vehicles which uses ContiRe.Tex.
In fact, a third of the new tyre is now made from recycled and renewable raw materials, including silica obtained from the ashes of rice husks – a waste product from agriculture – alongside reprocessed steel and carbon black.
The support vehicles for this year’s Tour de France were also equipped exclusively with ContiRe.Tex tyres.