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Bentley awarded Carbon Trust Water Standard

FIRST AUTOMOTIVE BRAND TO ACHIEVE THIS STANDARD

Bentley has become the first automotive manufacturer, and among the first ten organisations in the world, to achieve the Carbon Trust Water Standard. This comes after the company reduced its water usage by 35.7 per cent over the previous year at its headquarters in Crewe, to 109,284 m³ in 2012.

Commenting on the achievement, Michael Straughan, Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said: “Bentley works hard to continuously improve its overall environmental performance and this achievement recognises our positive commitment to minimising our water footprint. We have further measures planned to increase this reduction, and will continue to listen to and integrate positive ideas from our Colleagues.”

Water – saving initiatives which contributed to this achievement included renovation of Bentley’s Paint Shop and water treatment facilities, building a dedicated water recycling facility. Bentley also replaced and modernised major sections of water mains and fire hydrant systems across the site, eliminating many underground leaks. Environmental initiatives within the Bentley factory, such as the installation of automatic taps and low-flush toilets in washrooms, will save over 1,500m³ of water every year.

The Carbon Trust Water Standard is the world’s first water use reduction certificate, measuring and managing water use of organisations.

Darrran Messem, Managing Director of Certification at the Carbon Trust, added: “As the first carmaker to achieve the Carbon Trust Water Standard, Bentley is setting an example for how production efficiency can deliver significant environmental benefits. We would like to congratulate the company and the staff on all they have achieved.”