Bentley Secures ‘Net Zero Plastic to Nature’ Accreditation

Bentley Motors, a prominent name in the luxury automotive industry, proudly announced that it has once again been bestowed with the prestigious ‘Net Zero Plastic to Nature’ accreditation for the second year in a row.

This remarkable achievement reflects Bentley’s unwavering commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability. The renowned climate company, South Pole, conducted a rigorous evaluation of Bentley’s campus and local operations to confer this internationally recognised accreditation.

Bentley Secures 'Net Zero Plastic to Nature' Accreditation

Driving Environmental Responsibility

In 2022, Bentley made history by becoming the first car manufacturer to attain the groundbreaking ‘Net Zero Plastic to Nature’ certification. This accomplishment was a testament to Bentley’s dedication to environmental conservation and sustainability across its entire manufacturing and operational spectrum, from the production line to the end consumer.

The ‘Net Zero Plastic to Nature’ accreditation is not merely a symbolic accolade; it underscores Bentley’s concrete actions to reduce its plastic footprint. The journey towards this accreditation began with a comprehensive analysis of Bentley’s plastic usage across various facets of its operations.

Bentley Secures 'Net Zero Plastic to Nature' Accreditation

This meticulous examination encompassed the use of macro-plastic parts packaging in logistics and manufacturing, along with the responsible disposal of plastic materials at Bentley’s global dealerships. Additionally, the evaluation delved into the issue of micro-plastic emissions arising from tire abrasion within the logistics and product lifecycle.

Strengthening Commitment in 2022

In the pursuit of renewing the ‘Net Zero Plastic to Nature’ status in 2022, Bentley took significant strides to enhance its waste management practices and the traceability of its plastic waste.

These efforts bore fruit, with an impressive achievement: an astounding 97 percent of Bentley’s plastic waste was efficiently processed in 2022, effectively reducing the volume of non-processed plastic waste that required mitigation.

The commitment to sustainability exhibited by Bentley extends beyond mere numbers and statistics. Bentley didn’t stop at mere waste management improvements.

The company went a step further by investing in certified initiatives supporting ‘Second Life Thailand,’ a commendable project dedicated to the collection, recovery, recycling, and reuse of plastic waste, particularly focusing on plastics that could otherwise end up in our oceans and landfills. Notably, the financial support provided by Bentley matched the entire volume of non-processed plastic waste identified in 2022.

Bentley Secures 'Net Zero Plastic to Nature' Accreditation

Voices from Bentley

Andreas Lehe, Board Member for Manufacturing at Bentley Motors, expressed Bentley’s overarching mission, stating, “Bentley’s aim is to be the world’s most sustainable luxury automotive brand. Our Beyond100 strategy is reinventing every aspect of the business, and the Net Zero Plastic to Nature award is further proof of our efforts to address our environmental impact.”

Lehe emphasized that sustainability is not limited to the production process alone; it encompasses the entire lifecycle of Bentley vehicles. He underscored Bentley’s commitment to waste management, which includes initiatives like reducing the size of textile car covers and partnering with UK waste management company Veolia to manage waste generated at the Crewe facility.

Sebastian Benndorf, Director of Production Planning at Bentley Motors, acknowledged South Pole’s invaluable support in assessing Bentley’s plastics footprint and reiterated Bentley’s determination to confront plastic waste issues head-on as part of the Beyond100 strategy.

South Pole: Guiding Climate Action

“South Pole”, renowned for advising leading companies on their climate journeys towards achieving net-zero emissions, played a pivotal role in Bentley’s sustainability efforts. Through its global Climate Solutions platform, South Pole assists organizations worldwide in developing comprehensive strategies that enhance resilience and transform climate action into long-term business opportunities.

Bentley Secures 'Net Zero Plastic to Nature' Accreditation

Aligned with the Paris Agreement and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), South Pole exemplifies the importance of responsible environmental stewardship in the corporate world.

Conclusion

Bentley Motors’ successful renewal of the ‘Net Zero Plastic to Nature’ accreditation underscores the company’s unwavering commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Bentley’s Beyond100 strategy continues to drive positive change, exemplifying the luxury automotive brand’s determination to minimize its environmental impact and pave the way for a more sustainable future. Bentley’s dedication to reducing plastic waste is not just a testament to their commitment to excellence in automotive craftsmanship but also to their commitment to a greener, more sustainable planet.

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