Bentley Becomes The First UK Carbon Neutral Luxury Automotive Factory
The Bentley Motors factory headquarters in Crewe has achieved carbon neutral certification on their journey to becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer.
The certification from the Carbon Trust confirms Bentley’s internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, reflecting the brands measures to reduce the carbon emitted in their operations, as well as the use of renewable electricity – either by on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity, making up 100% of Bentley’s electricity. When it comes to emissions that cannot be eliminated, Bentley Motors compensate with high-quality offsets.
The Bentley Motor’s factory is partially powered by a staggering 30,815 solar panels – producing enough electricity to power more than 1,750 homes. The panels cover 1,378 car parking spaces after Bentley received the UK’s largest solar car port of 10,000 solar panels at the site.
Gold Standard carbon credits – quantity and quality verified by the Carbon Trust – were purchased to offset emissions created during the manufacturing process, in order to secure the PAS 2060 certification.
As part of the brand's commitment to a more sustainable future, achieving a carbon neutral factory is a great milestone for the site operations in Crewe and towards Bentley’s sustainability programme, B Sustainable.
The Crewe site has been striving for this level of energy and carbon efficiency for almost two decades. With parts of the site existing since the 1940’s, the historic site has played a key part in Bentley’s path to better carbon efficiency. In 1999 Bentley became the first UK automotive manufacturer to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and upgrades to the site to maximise energy efficiency and reduce emissions as a continual process.
The next step in Bentley’s journey towards electrification is the introduction of the first fully electric Bentley, set to be revealed in 2025.
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