Bentley Motors has received certification from the Carbon Trust the recognise that its factory site in Crewe meets international standards on carbon neutrality.
It’s part of an ongoing push by Bentley to become the world’s most sustainable manufacturer in the field of luxury vehicle production.
The brand has been pursuing environmental goals for more than 20 years, becoming the first UK manufacturer of any kind to pass the ISO 14001 standard for environmental management — despite operating a factory site that dates back nearly 80 years in places.
In early 2019, Bentley added the UK’s largest solar car port to its site, with 10,000 solar panels providing 2.7MW of electricity. That complements more than 20,000 panels on the buildngs’ rooftops, adding up to a total capacity of 7.7MW.
While that’s plenty of power in domestic terms — it could power almost 2,000 average homes — a luxury vehicle production facility will naturally consume more electricity than that.
To that end, Bentley purchases “gold standard” carbon credits from greehouse gas mitigation projects. This offsets any emissions produced by Bentley, resulting in a net zero production of carbon dioxide.
With all that in place, Bentley’s factory site meets the international PAS 2060 Carbon Neutrality Standard, and has been officially certified by the Carbon Trust.
Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said:
“We want to lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility – by providing our customers with products and services that reflect their own values. We are very conscious of our responsibility to consider the environmental, social and economic impact of our organisation, and today’s news is just the latest stage in this journey.”