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Environment

At Bentley, we are committed to producing our cars with responsibly sourced materials in as an efficient manner as possible, while continually striving to reduce the company’s environmental impact. Our desire to offer our customers the very best cars in the world, with unsurpassed levels of luxury and performance, goes hand-in-hand with a determination to significantly enhance fuel economy, reduce emissions and develop highly-advanced, sustainable drive technologies for the future. We were the first UK automotive manufacturer to achieve the ISO 140001 environmental management standard (1999) and were re accredited in November 2017. We are the first and longest holders of this standard. This is an internationally recognised tool that helps organisations manage and reduce their environmental impacts in a systematic way.

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International standards

In 1998, Bentley became the first automotive company to achieve the ISO 14001 environmental management standard. This is an internationally recognised tool that helps organisations to manage and reduce their environmental impacts. Building on this, in 2018 Bentley was re-accredited to the ISO 5001 standard, which helps organisations manage energy use through the implementation of an energy management system. Bentley also has several certifications with the Carbon Trust. This independent organisation helps companies such as Bentley contribute to, and benefit from, a more sustainable future through carbon reduction and energy efficiency strategies. Bentley has achieved the Carbon Trust Standard in: Energy, Waste, Carbon and Carbon Neutrality.

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Energy

The Bentley site saw its number of solar panels increase from 20,815 in 2013, to 30,815 in 2018, generating 7.7MW of electricity and meeting up to 40% of Bentley’s energy needs. The additional 10,000 solar panels have been used to build the UK’s largest solar car port (16,426m2). Despite an 88% increase in production from 2010 to 2018, energy consumption per vehicle produced has reduced by 39%.

Solar power
100% of Bentley’s on site electricity is produced by either solar panels or purchased as certified green energy. The recent installation of 10,000 solar panels at Bentley’s factory in Crewe, which have a capacity of 2.7MW, cover 1,378 car parking spaces and an area of 16,426m², forming the UK’s largest solar car port. Bentley’s total on-site solar panel energy capacity is now 7.7MW, produced by a total of 30,815 individual solar panels - enough to cover over 1,750 homes. The system could reduce CO2 by 3,300 tonnes per year.

Stemming waste-water tide
Bentley uses a number of reverse osmosis treatment unit’s onsite to ensure that the water used in the manufacturing process is free of any contaminants that could impact the high-quality paint finish. The process works by using high-pressure pumps to separate contaminants and create pure water. The recycled water can then be used to help wash over 16 miles of internal routes.

Zero to landfill
Bentley aims to operate a zero-to-landfill policy where recycling is actively encouraged throughout the Crewe site. Recycling bins are utilised in both office and production work spaces to help to achieve awareness and make visible changes to the workplace. As part of Bentley’s campaign to reduce waste, immediate changes were implemented with the removal of plastic cups, which has helped to reduce usage by 40,000 cups per month. Bentley also worked alongside the on-site catering company to help remove unnecessary plastic usage from the canteen facility. An example of this is the introduction of a ‘cup for life’ which has helped save a further 38,000 cups in two years. As part of the ongoing catering strategy, plastic cutlery was removed in favour of metal, which ensures operations within the canteen are aligned with Bentley’s strategy to reduce the usage of plastic on site.

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CARBON NEUTRAL

Bentley achieved the PAS 2060 carbon neutral certification for its headquarters in Crewe. The certification from the Carbon Trust confirms that the company meets the internationally recognised PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality, and reflects measures taken by the company to reduce the carbon emitted in its operations. These measures include the use of renewable electricity, as 100% of Bentley’s electricity is either generated by on-site solar panels or purchased as certified green electricity. To secure the PAS 2060 certification, Bentley purchased Gold Standard credits to offset the emissions that occur during the manufacturing process. The quantity and quality of these credits have been independently verified by the Carbon Trust.

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BEST PRACTICE APPROACH

In 2017, Bentley achieved the Carbon Trust Waste Standard, which recognises organisations that take a best-practice approach to help measure and manage environmental impacts. The Carbon Trust initiative has helped Bentley achieve meaningful environmental impact reductions year-on-year, with 99% of waste being recycled in 2018 compared to 34% in 2000.

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Smart supply

A reduction in parts handling of around 30 per cent has been achieved by the incorporation of a logistics centre adjacent to the main supply hall, which has helped to greatly reduce road deliveries. As a member of the Volkswagen Group, Bentley draws upon a joint worldwide component and material supply pool. Before potential suppliers are permitted to submit a bid, they must agree to comply with the Group’s rigorous requirements for business partners.

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BIODIVERSITY

With the help of local beekeepers, Bentley installed two national hives on grassland at the edge of the Crewe site in 2019. These are collectively home to 120,000 British Apis Mellifera honey bees. The area has been sown with bee-friendly wild flowers and borders the Cheshire countryside, which provides the perfect habitat for the bees who have already produced their first harvest. Each hive has the potential to create around 15kg – or approximately 50 jars – of honey.

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100 trees for 100 years

To celebrate 100 years, Bentley planted 100 native British trees including maple, beech, walnut, and lime, elm, cherry and oak. The project was undertaken in time for National Tree Week, which recognises the importance of planting more trees to tackle climate change and protect biodiversity.

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