Bentley Motors’ Headquarters and Main Plant now CO2 neutral
- Headquarters and main plant in Crewe, England, certified by Carbon Trust to PAS 2060 Carbon neutral standard at the beginning of October
- Electrical energy comes entirely from renewable sources
- Important signal on the way to decarbonizing the Volkswagen Group
Bentley Motors' corporate headquarters and main plant in Crewe, England, received CO2 neutrality certification in early October. The Volkswagen Group's only produc-tion plant on the British Isles is thus making an important contribution to the decarbonisation of the Volkswagen Group by 2050.
Bentley's entire electrical energy is either generated locally by solar systems or purchased as certified green electricity. All unavoidable emissions are offset by high-quality measures. To secure the PAS 2060 certification, Gold Standard carbon credits have been purchased to offset the emissions that occur during the manufacturing process. The quantity and quality of these credits was independently verified by the Carbon Trust, which is the world’s leading independent certification body for carbon footprints.
Bentley meets its environmental challenge
Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and Chief Executive Office of Bentley Motors, said: "We want to lead the way in delivering sustainable luxury mobility by offering our customers products and services that reflect their own values. We take a responsible approach to the environmental, social and economic impact of our business. "
John Newton, head of certification, Carbon Trust, said: "The Carbon Trust is pleased to certify Bentley's headquarters and main plant to PAS 2060, demonstrating its climate neutrality. The initiatives that Bentley has undertaken to achieve this certification demonstrate the company's commitment to becoming more sustainable."
More than 30,000 solar modules provide electricity
Earlier this year, Britain's largest solar carport with 10,000 solar modules was installed at Bentley's Crewe site. The facility has a capacity of 2.7 MW and includes 1,378 car parking spaces - an area of 16,426 m². In addition to the 20,815 roof modules already installed, the total energy capacity of the solar modules on site increased to 7.7 MW, sufficient to cover over 1,750 households.
The certification is the result of almost two decades of work to make the historic Crewe site as energy and carbon efficient as possible. Although parts of the site have existed since the 1940s, in 1999 Bentley was the first UK carmaker to meet the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and plans to modernize the site to maximize energy efficiency and reduce emissions as a continuous process.