To celebrate its operations being certified as carbon neutral by the Carbon Trust for the second consecutive year, Jaguar Land Rover has completed a zero-emissions vehicle tour of its UK manufacturing and product development facilities.
An all-electric Jaguar I-Pace was driven from Gaydon to Halewood, stopping at the company’s Whitley headquarters, the home of Land Rover in Solihull, the newly electrified Castle Bromwich manufacturing facility in Birmingham and the OEM’s Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton.
The I-Pace was charged at Gaydon using one of 166 smart chargers powered by solar panels fitted to the new Advanced Product Creation Centre. With a 292-mile (470km) range, the Jaguar I-Pace comfortably completed the 142-mile route on one charge.
Jaguar Land Rover was certified on January 31, 2020, confirming business operations have met the internationally recognized PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality between April 2018 and March 2019 across the company’s vehicle manufacturing and development sites. Together, these areas represent 77% of Jaguar Land Rover’s global vehicle production.
“Jaguar Land Rover was the first UK automotive manufacturer to have met the internationally recognized PAS 2060 standard for carbon neutrality across its vehicle manufacturing assembly operations and product development sites; and the organization has continued to deliver further reductions over the past 12 months, which is great to see. We’re delighted that Jaguar Land Rover has remained committed to delivering carbon neutral manufacturing in the UK,” said John Newton, head of certification at the Carbon Trust.
To achieve carbon-neutral status, Jaguar Land Rover has invested in energy-saving projects and technologies, including solar panels and LED lighting. In the UK, operating CO2 emissions are down 74% versus 2007, including the purchases of REGO-backed electricity, and the energy used to build a vehicle has reduced by 37% since 2007.
Jaguar Land Rover has also invested in Gold Standard carbon offset voluntary emissions reductions around the globe as part of the formal certification. These include clean and safe water projects in Kenya and Uganda, and clean cook stove programs in India and Ghana, delivering both environmental and social impact benefits.
Chris Thorp, responsible business director, commented, “Destination Zero places long-term sustainability at the heart of our business. A decade of innovations has enabled us to achieve carbon-neutral status, and to be certified two years in a row reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire business. But we’re not stopping here – we will continue to drive forward projects across our business to help us close the loop on precious resources.”