Bentley Motors has installed an advanced rainwater harvesting system at its headquarters and production facility in Crewe, England. The new system is aimed at reducing the amount of water used by the automaker’s manufacturing plant; water captured from rainfall is used for facilities maintenance.
The system consists of one water capture tank, and has two integrated filters and pumps, which supply a pressurised supply of water to appliances within the plant. With its capacity of 20,000 litres, the new system is expected to produce more than 1,800 litres of water a day. As you might imagine, that’s dependent on the amount of rain that falls on any given date.
The installation was timed to mark World Environment Day on 5 June – a date marked by the United Nations (UN) as a day of encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect the environment. Bentley’s focus on water usage has spanned 20 years, in that time, it’s managed to reduce the amount of water used per car by 89%.
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.”
Bentley is aiming to become the most sustainable luxury car manufacturer in the world. Last year, the automaker’s Crewe factory was awarded carbon-neutral certification from the Carbon Trust. As such, the company is continually investing in a range of technologies to help further reduce water and energy use, and CO2 emissions.
At the same time, the company is accelerating its push towards electrification with the introduction of the first fully electric Bentley slated for 2026. Following the launch of its first luxury plug-in hybrid, the Bentayga Hybrid, the luxury British marque aims to have a hybrid or electric variants of all of its models by 2023.