Crewe, England – Bentley has received recycling certification, in recognition that it now guarantees 85 per cent recyclability, or 95 per cent recoverability, of materials in all of its current Continental models.

The recognition is from the German Motor Transport Authority, which issued the European-wide certificates.

“Our environment policy is based on sustainable principles and we take a holistic view of the whole process,” said Dr. Arno Homburg, head of whole vehicle development. “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 per cent of all Bentleys ever produced are still in existence; our cars tend to end up as collectors’ items rather than scrap. This is part of our responsibility as a car maker to contribute to environmental improvements, as demonstrated by this certification.”

Bentley said that although the number of cars it produces has increased by up to ten times over the last nine years, its use of gas, water and electricity has declined by around a quarter. The company has also unveiled the Continental Supersports, which can run on gasoline or ethanol, and said that by 2012, all of its models will be available with flexible fuel technology. Overall, Bentley has committed to reducing the CO2 performance of its fleet by 15 per cent by 2012.

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