Why Bentley is the eco-friendly luxury car brand
When you think of luxury, high-performance vehicles, eco-friendly isn’t typically what springs to mind. The UK car manufacturer, Bentley has been working incredibly hard in recent years to ensure that the company is exactly this however.
Below we list the ways that Bentley has been doing their bit for the environment, so you can drive your dream car guilt-free.
They’ve invested in renewable energy
Bentley’s factory roof has no less than 20,815 solar panels which is enough to supply up to 40% of the site’s electrical requirements. This is saving an estimated 2,150 tonnes of CO2 emissions every single year.
It meets environmental standards
Bentley’s Pyms Lane HQ was the UK’s first automotive plant to achieve both the ISO 14,001 environmental standard and ISO 50001 energy management standard. Despite the fact that the company has increased production volumes tenfold over the last decade, the amount of energy used per car has fallen by a very impressive 90%.
They’ve been awarded for their environmentally-friendly efforts
Bentley also became the first UK car manufacturer to be awarded the triple Carbon Trust Standard (https://www.carbontrust.com) for carbon, water and waste reduction. They won the coveted title after making significant reductions in these three key environmental areas at its headquarters in Crewe.
They reached their ‘zero to landfill’ target
By cutting waste per car by 85% between the years 2000 and 2013, Bentley achieved its ‘zero to landfill’ target. They accomplished this by putting recycling facilities across the factory and implemented an integrated production and logistics approach to help reduce the environmental impact of their supply chain.
They continue to invest in ways to help the environment
Not content with everything they’ve already achieved, Bentley continues to invest in new ways to further reduce their carbon emissions and appeal to consumers who are environmentally conscious.
Last year, the brand started experimenting with a novel new material for their seats – mushroom leather. Although there are no specific dates regarding the arrival date of their new vegan-friendly interior, this is a concept that the design team has been exploring for some time now.
Speaking about their decision to investigate alternative options away from traditional leather, which their current new models have, Director of Design at Bentley, Stefan Sielaff commented:
“You can’t sell an animal-containing product like a Bentley, with 20 leather hides, to someone with a vegan lifestyle. We will shortly present a Bentley with a vegan interior. It will give you a luxury sensation but with a different way.”
Back in April, the car manufacturer also announced plans to build the UK’s largest ever solar-powered car port. 10,000 solar panels are set to generate 2.7MW of power – a system which will cover 24% of their electrical energy requirements. This will mean that Bentley will reduce their CO2 emissions by 3,300 tonnes per year. You find out more by reading this article: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/11/bentley-to-build-10000-panel-solar-facility-at-uk-headquarters.html
The project is expected to take six months to complete and it will mean that their energy system will consist of more than 30,000 solar panels. Speaking about the installation, Bentley’s Member of the Board for Manufacturing, Peter Bosch commented:
“We continue to focus on new initiatives that reinforce our commitment to the environment, whether this is introducing alternative powertrain technologies in future models or our award-winning work to reduce the environmental impact of our factory.”
“This solar installation is another example of how we can make our factory more sustainable by using technological innovation. This helps us produce extraordinary cars with responsibly-sourced materials in an efficient manner, while continually striving to reduce the company’s environmental impact.”