Bentley begins rainwater storage at its Crewe headquarters and production facility
The town of Crewe, England gets, on average, 30.4 inches of rain per year, according to climate-data.org. That's about the same total as Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a move designed to increase the company's sustainability, Bentley has launched a new water usage reduction program.
This isn't the company's first foray into reducing water usage. For the last twenty years, they have worked to reduce the amount of water used per car by 89 percent. They're not the only company that has taken this step. In 2019, FCA reduced its water use by 40 percent, and carbon footprint by 27 percent, and waste generated by per vehicle.
Bentley, like other automakers, is driving toward a more sustainable future. Photo courtesy of Bentley Motors
As part of the new initiative Bentley now was a recycling system that works with the water used in the manufacturing process and new captured rainfall storage that can be used for facilities maintenance.
The new water harvesting system consists of one water capture tank, located on the Crewe site, that is equipped with two integrated filters and pumps, that supplies a direct, pressurized supply of water to appliances. It has a capacity of 20,000 liters and can produce more than 1,800 liters of water on the average day.
Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said: "At Bentley, we are focused on ensuring that we lead the way in the delivery of sustainable luxury mobility, taking into account the environmental, social and economic impact of our work. Our efforts on water usage reduction over a long period is remarkable, continuing to find new and innovative ways of protecting the environment.
"With the installation of this new system, we will be able to further reduce the demands that our business places on the mains water supply, while doing so in an environmentally-aware manner."
Last year, its Crewe factory was awarded carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust.