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Responsible Manufacturing

Over the past 15 years Bentley has witnessed a tenfold increase in production and the introduction of new model lines. However, despite this expansion energy use per vehicle produced has fallen significantly. We are currently making successful progress on a five-year plan to lessen our environmental impact by 25 per cent by 2018 on a 2010 baseline. These plans are currently under review to stretch the target further for 2025.

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Raising standards in manufacturing

Following significant reductions in key environmental areas, Bentley has become the first UK automotive manufacturer to be awarded the Carbon Trust Standards for carbon, water and waste respectively. Our Crewe headquarters was the first UK automotive plant to achieve the internationally recognised ISO 14001 (2015) environmental and ISO 50001 energy management standards.

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Sustainable energy

Solar power
Up to 40 per cent of Bentley’s electricity needs are met by 20,815 solar panels covering over 34,500m2 of factory roof space. The installation was the largest of its kind in the UK when first put in place. Owned and operated by a third party, the solar panels provide a capacity of 5.1 MW and contribute to a CO2 reduction of 2,500 tonnes per year.

Water usage
By replacing intensive water processes on site with circulating systems to enable reuse of water and avoid unnecessary waste, water usage was reduced from 20.91m3 per vehicle in 2010, to 11.00m3 per vehicle in 2016.

Bentley is committed to maximising its recycling potential and to divert waste going to landfill. Recycling is actively encouraged throughout the Pyms Lane site, and thanks to the use of recycling facilities both in offices and on the production line we have increased recycling rates and achieved zero-to-landfill waste levels during several months.

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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.