Bentley Motors has been certified carbon neutral at its factory headquarters in the UK – the same year it celebrates its centenary.
The certification shifts the car company up a gear towards meeting its aim of becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer.
Its HQ, based in Crewe, uses 100 per cent renewable energy for its electricity which it obtains from either solar panels on-site or purchased as certified green electricity. All emissions that cannot be eliminated are compensated with high-quality offsets, the company said.
The new certification has come from the Carbon Trust, the world’s leading independent certification body for carbon footprints. It confirms that Bentley meets the PAS 2060, an internationally recognised standard for carbon neutrality, which notes the measures taken to reduce carbon emissions.
A total of 10,000 solar panels were installed at the factory site earlier this year, making it the UK’s largest solar car port, with a capacity of 2.7MW and covering 1.378 car parking spaces.
With 20,815 roof top panels already fitted, the total on-site solar panel energy capacity at 7.7MW, is now enough to cover more than 1,750 homes.
It has taken the factory almost 20 years to become this energy and carbon efficient and Bentley is now also closer to electrification with the first fully electric Bentley scheduled for 2025.
Adrian Hallmark, chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors, said: “While 2019 has marked Bentley’s centenary, our focus is now on preparing the business for the next 100 years. 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.”
John Newton, head of certification at the Carbon Trust, said: “The Carbon Trust is pleased to certify Bentley’s factory headquarters to PAS 2060, demonstrating its carbon neutrality. The initiatives that Bentley has undertaken to achieve this certification demonstrate the company’s commitment to becoming more sustainable.”