• May 14, 2009
Bentley Recycling Certificate - Click above to enlarge

Good news for all the Bentley Continental owners who plan to recycle their uber expensive and luxurious automobiles after they have outlived their usefulness: Bentley now guarantees that the Continental line is 85 recoverable. In recognition of this fact, the premium automaker has been awarded an official certificate from the German Motor Transport Authority. According to Dr. Arno Homburg, head of Whole Vehicle Development at Bentley Motors:
"Our environment policy is based on sustainable principles and we take a holistic view of the whole process. At the design stage we consider the environmental impact of all components over the entire life of the car. This is despite the fact that over 70% of all Bentleys ever produced are still in existence – our cars tend to end up as collectors' items rather than scrap."
We'd tend to agree that most Bentleys are unlikely to ever be sold for scrap, but the recycling certificate means that if that unthinkable deed ever does happen, the various bits of metal, plastic, glass and the like can be reused in any number of industries. Who knows, your old, unwanted Bentley could come back to life as the world's finest toaster oven... or a laptop computer, or some luggage.

[Source: Bentley]

PRESS RELEASE:

Bentley Achieves Recyclability Benchmark 14 May, 2009 Luxury car manufacturer receives recycling certification

Crewe/Berlin, 14 May 2009... British car manufacturer Bentley has taken another step in delivering its class-leading environmental strategy. Bentley now guarantees 85 recoverability) of materials for all its current Continental models, becoming one of the first carmakers in the luxury vehicle bracket to take such a step as well as providing environmental friendly recycling or recovery at the end of the car's life.

This recycling achievement has now received official recognition from the German Motor Transport Authority (KBA). In a ceremony in Berlin, KBA's President Ekhard Zinke presented the official European-wide certificates to Dr. Arno Homburg, head of Whole Vehicle Development at Bentley Motors.

"Our environment policy is based on sustainable principles and we take a holistic view of the whole process. At the design stage we consider the environmental impact of all components over the entire life of the car. This is despite the fact that over 70 reduction in fuel consumption. Overall, Bentley has committed to reduce the CO2 performance of its fleet by 15% by 2012.

Dr. Homburg elaborated on the company's long-term objectives: "Bentley is remaining true to its unique combination of performance, craftsmanship and comfort, but we still want to play our part in saving resources at the luxury end of the carmaking industry."


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