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Bentley Motors continues its sustainability drive
Bentley Motors has taken the next step in its sustainability journey with a range of #GoToZero projects centred around its Beyond100 goal to become end-to-end carbon neutral by 2030.
The week-long programme of knowledge-sharing and best practice was designed to drive long-term change by helping colleagues to better understand their own carbon footprint and identify actions they can adopt on a personal and professional level.
Practical activities have seen the kick-off of a plastics audit and a review of the progress made against the ‘Go Paperless’ and ‘Power Down’ initiatives launched in April. A Gemba lean manufacturing walk through the CEVA logistics area highlighted the potential to significantly reduce plastic packaging on fuel and brake line parts. In a similar exercise earlier this year, the team also identified opportunities to eliminate over 1,000m of shrink wrapping per day and reduce outbound seat protection packaging from 13 items to six.
Colleague travel has also been a key focus point, with the upcoming launch of new facilities including a bike repair station to encourage more colleagues to cycle to work, alongside 30 new free charging points under Bentley’s 7.7 MW solar array which partly covers the colleague car park.
Teams within the business have also played their part on a local level. Bentley’s logistics team used the week to create a diverse programme of activities designed to take their business area on a journey to zero. This included daily quizzes and idea generation competitions, plastic and paper reduction challenges, litter picking and collections for a local food bank.
Bentley’s member of the board for manufacturing, Peter Bosch, said: “#GoToZero is our vision of a zero-impact factory and generates momentum for our efforts to decarbonise our business, reduce waste, recycle and improve resource efficiency, and refocus everyone’s attention on our vision to become leaders in sustainable luxury and our journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
“Our colleagues are key catalysts for change and harnessing their insights and proving opportunities for them to network and learn from one another is helping to drive further progress from the inside out. It has been great to see the creativity and interest the activities have generated and as board members, we got involved by holding our own workshop to review our programme and identify opportunities to accelerate our journey further still.
“It’s a journey that has gained additional pace with the launch of our second hybrid model, the Flying Spur Hybrid, in June and we are on track to deliver our first full BEV in 2025, before offering BEVs and hybrids only in 2026 and becoming BEV only by 2030. There is still much more work to do to get there, but I’m convinced that the passion, creativity and commitment our colleagues have shown this week will help us to succeed on our journey.”