Bentley installs ‘living wall’ to increase biodiversity
Bentley Motors has installed a living wall at its global headquarters and production facility in Crewe, UK.
The installation – designed to increase biodiversity – is the latest step is part of a much bigger plan to take the iconic British brand towards becoming the world’s most sustainable luxury car manufacturer.
Located on the side of Bentley’s main production hall, the living wall contains more than 2,600 plants and includes 28 species of ferns, grasses and evergreens, all grown locally in the UK.
Since 2010, we’ve made our site carbon neutral and reduced energy consumption by 54 per cent, water withdrawal by 47 per cent and waste for disposal by 98 per cent, all per vehicle manufactured in Crewe.– Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing
Each plant has been individually potted and – in line with Bentley’s commitment to reduce unnecessary water use – the installation incorporates a special automated watering system to ensure that the plants receive just the right amount of water, adjusted for weather conditions.
The company says the installation of the living wall is a tangible demonstration of Bentley’s commitment to keep sustainability foremost in everyone’s minds at Crewe and also contributes to reducing the negative environmental impact of its operations.
The living wall will help reduce carbon from the atmosphere. Over the course of a year the plants in the wall are expected to produce around 40kg of oxygen as well as helping to absorb heat, provide natural insulation and filter VOC toxins and dust.
The company hopes its living wall will attract and support local biodiversity. Bentley has installed 300,000 Flying Bees located in hives at the edge of its factory site, and has planted over 1,000 flowers around the site to support them.
Peter Bosch, Member of the Board for Manufacturing, said:
“By installing the living wall on the side of our main production hall – one of the most visible and frequently visited areas of our site – we’re creating a living and breathing reminder to our colleagues, customers and all our visitors that sustainability sits at the heart of all of our operations here in Crewe.
“Since 2010, we’ve made our site carbon neutral and reduced energy consumption by 54 per cent, water withdrawal by 47 per cent and waste for disposal by 98 per cent, all per vehicle manufactured in Crewe. But our journey continues by looking for new ways to innovate our sustainability plans for the future.”
Last year, Bentley’s factory site was awarded carbon neutral certification from the Carbon Trust.