• May 15, 2009
Bentley Recycling Certificate - Click above to enlarge

Good news for all Bentley Continental owners who plan to recycle their ultra-expensive and luxurious automobile after the GT outlives its usefulness: Bentley now guarantees that the Continental line is 85 recoverable. In recognition of this achievement, the 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 it's unlikely that many Bentleys will find their way to the scrap-heap, but the recycling certificate means that if the unthinkable ever happens, 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 perhaps some luggage.

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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      • 5 Years Ago
      .... or a toilet brush ... depending on the life of the car's owner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully that Continental in the background will do enough accelerating and VIP ferrying to make that BS certificate meaningless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is pointless.
      These cars barely get driven, have very low production numbers and get like 10 miles per gallon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is the type of sustainability car companies should be working toward instead of investing in hybrid technology and such, which in the long-run is more damaging.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I like the Subaru Zero-landfill approach too. More than one way to skin a cat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Look Thurston, I just paid $200k for my Bentley so I could save the planet AND get handjobs from women I don't know.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why making a luxery car 85% recyclable if it's very probable that it will be cherish for decades and maybe finish its life as a colletor's item?
      I would probably put that money into R&D for technology related with the less use of fosil fuels. Just my opinion.
      Regards.
      • 5 Years Ago
      85% of what? 85% of its weight, or 85% of its parts?

      If its 85% of its weight, then that still makes 375 kg of unrecyclable material, and i bet thats mostly electronic stuff. Maybe its just me, but im pretty unimpressed. I mean, i really appreciate the effort, and i bet they didnt get the award for not being a top company in that sector, but picturing 375 kilos of unrecyclable material PER CAR is kind of depressing, if thats the best they can do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I’m calling out your egotistical B.S. Doctor Homburg.

      According to their ad, the Hummer H2 is also 85% recyclable. Maybe that figure is not certified by the KBA, but there certainly is a lot of metal in them to melt down.

      The Bentley currently gets combined 13 mpg, so the promised 15% reduction in CO2 that will improve to a whopping 15 mpg… assuming that they reduce CO2 by improving fuel economy. Maybe they will just stuff some carbon credits in the glove box and call it even.

      Bentleys are cool (yes), but not environmental.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was worried about that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just give it to me when you are done. That would make it 100% recyclable.