BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 21 Oct '14

LUXURY CAR MANUFACTURER’S CREWE HQ EARNS MOTORING INDUSTRY’S FIRST AWARDS FOR CARBON, WATER AND WASTE REDUCTIONS

Bentley Motors is the first automotive manufacturer to have been awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard for carbon, water and waste reduction.

The certification was completed by the Carbon Trust, one of the world’s leading independent authorities on delivering carbon reduction and achieving greater resource efficiency.

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Bentley has now separately secured the Carbon Trust Standards for Carbon, Water and Waste, having made significant reductions in these three key environmental areas at its Crewe, Cheshire headquarters.

Going solar

The certification has independently verified Bentley’s environmental achievements between 2011-2013, which saw the company achieve, relative to the number of cars manufactured, a 16% reduction in CO2, a 35.7% reduction in water use and an absolute reduction in the amount of waste produced.

Major projects have included the installation of over 20,000 solar panels, mounted on roofs across the factory, which have reduced CO2 generation by over 2,500 tonnes per year and contributed 286,200 kWh back to the national grid. In June this year, 20% of the company’s electrical requirements were generated by solar energy.

‘There has been manufacturing here for nearly 80 years and customers admire the character and unique history of the site which we continue to respect. However, we have managed to also create an increasingly environmentally-friendly, modern manufacturing environment and will continue to target future reductions.’

Michael Straughan, Bentley’s member of the board for manufacturing

A record year

The 339,000m³ factory is home to Bentley’s engineering and manufacturing functions, with 3,700 colleagues working on site. It produced 10,120 cars in 2013 – a record in the company’s 95-year history.

‘We would like to congratulate everyone at Bentley for achieving the Carbon Trust Standard and contributing to clear year-on-year reductions of carbon emissions, water use and waste outputs. Bentley is clearly passionate about continuing to improve its environmental performance, which is reflected by the fact the company has consistently invested in new technology.

‘We’ve also been impressed with the excellent levels of employee engagement with Bentley employing a dedicated Environment team and colleagues across the factory acting as Environmental Champions and pro-actively identifying new ways to save valuable resources.’

Darran Messem, managing director of certification at the Carbon Trust

Bentley Motors’ HQ in Crewe, which employs around 3,700 people, is home to all of its operations, including design, R&D, engineering and production of the company’s three model lines, Continental, Flying Spur and Mulsanne.

For more about Bentley, visit bentleymotors.com. More information on the Carbon Trust Certification scheme can be found at carbontrust.com.