Jaguar Land Rover receives Queen’s Award in Sustainable Development
Jaguar Land Rover has been honoured with its 14th Queen’s Award for Enterprise, this time in Sustainable Development, attained thanks to the group’s commitments to reducing its environmental impact.
It is the 49th year of the Queen’s Awards and the seventh JLR has received since the turn of the century, after claiming its first in the second year of the scheme back in 1967.
This year’s award winners have been announced during Responsible Business Week and JLR’s new accolade follows on from the group achieving Responsible Business of the Year 2013/14, representing JLR’s persistent efforts to ensure its impact on the environment is as low as possible.
JLR as a group employ a ‘whole lifecycle’ mentality when its 8,000 designers and engineers tackle each stage of vehicle development, ensuring as little detrimental impact to the outside world is made from the raw materials to vehicle disposal. Such an approach has resulted in a CO2 reduction of 25 per cent in 2015 over 2007.
The materials used to produce its vehicles is highly important to JLR, with aluminium used extensively, as well as closed-loop processes enabling it to strive for recyclable materials and reduce the environmental impact across the whole period of a car’s life.
JLR’s customer and the environment can benefit from numerous advantages as a result of its efforts, including higher fuel efficiency, lower emissions, improved crash safety and enjoyable vehicle dynamics. Also, with JLR’s new Ingenium four-cylinder engines under the bonnet combined with such achievements in its use of aluminium, these effects can be felt and seen so much further than before.
Stemming from the Ingenium engines units, JLR’s use of hybrid systems has also brought about some very positive results and is an investment that the group will continue to fully support, especially in the likes of its new Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid. Both use an advanced hybrid system and comes at no compromise to the overall experience and Land Rover product should offer.
JLR’s factory sites are also designed and built with similar considerations, with the new Engine Manufacturing Centre able to create up 30 per cent of its own energy through the building’s and the UK’s largest rooftop solar panel installation.
The group’s workforce, and those individuals who hope to one day be part of it, also benefit from JLR’s activities. The UK skills gap has been eased thanks to the group’s training and skills programme aimed at young people at school (STEM initiatives), recruiting over 2,000 apprentices and graduates in the last five years and continued investment into JLR’s current roster of staff.
Dr Ralf Speth, JLR’s CEO, commented: "Jaguar Land Rover is honoured to receive this 2015 Queen's Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. We are focused on growing a long-term, sustainable business, as leaders in environmental innovation and making a positive impact on society."
“We have doubled our workforce in five years, developed a culture of continually increasing their skills and we are helping to inspire the next generation of engineers.”