Bentley Motors has announced its entire UK retailer network of 24 sites has achieve carbon-neutral status.
The 24 dealerships initially used carbon offsets, such as tree planting, to achieve the accreditation, certified by the Carbon Trust.
They are now also implementing the first steps of their carbon reduction plans, which include a range of actions such as switching staff vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs), moving towards using renewable energy and eliminating single-use plastics.
Bentley – which recently announces it will invest £2.5 billion in battery-powered EV production at its plant in Crewe. – plans to roll out similar schemes to all 240 international retailers so they can become carbon-neutral by 2025.
The Pyms Lane factory, home of Bentley since 1946 and covers all aspects of the manufacturing process, was its first site to become carbon-neutral in 2019.
Richard Leopold, Regional Director for the Middle East and UK said: “Sustainability is increasingly important to our customers, who share our Beyond100 commitment to becoming end to end carbon-neutral by 2030. This is reflected in our record sales figures for 2021, where one in five cars now sold is a hybrid.
“As the main point of contact our customers have with Bentley is through our retail network, extending the carbon-neutral status that we have secured for our factory in Crewe and further enhancing the sustainability of our retail sites is a key part of our Beyond100 journey.
“The Carbon Trust has helped our retailers to review their energy use and develop carbon reduction strategies, identifying a set of sustainable best practices that can be rolled out across the UK. The Bentley Academy will also be delivering training throughout 2022 to explore new ideas. We look forward to sharing our findings with the global colleagues and transitioning the whole global network of 241 retailers by 2025.”