Earlier this month, Bentley Motors’ factory headquarters was officially certified by the Carbon Trust to PAS 2060 Carbon Neutral standard. Taking the brand’s aim of becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer to the next level, the certification means that Bentley now gains all electricity from sustainable sources and offsets any additional carbon emissions.
Recognised internationally, the PAS 2060 standard reflects measures taken by a company to reduce carbon emissions – including the use of renewable electricity – and to replace any unavoidable carbon emissions with high quality offsets. In order to achieve certification, Bentley had to prove that they were running on 100% renewable energy or that any additional power was purchased from verified green energy providers.
Speaking of the certification 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.”
Due to their commitment to become the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive manufacturer, Bentley installed the UK’s largest solar car port at their headquarters in Crewe, earlier this year. Made up of 10,000 solar panels and covering 1,378 car parking spaces – an area of 16,426m2 – the solar car port has a capacity of 2.7MW.
The new solar car port joins 20,815 existing roof top panels, taking the total on-site solar panel energy capacity to 7.7MW, Bentley say that this is enough to cover over 1,750 homes.
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bentley Motors, commented:
“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.”
Along with ensuring that they become a carbon neutral business, Bentley have recently accelerated their charge towards electrification by promising a hybrid variant of every Bentley model by 2023 and their first battery electric vehicle (BEV) by 2025.
As environmental concerns become ever more evident in every part of our lives, it’s good to see that companies like Bentley are taking the relevant steps to become carbon neutral. We’d like to extend our congratulations to the brand and look forward to seeing their first all-electric vehicle! What do you think it’ll be like? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.