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Written by Vicki Mitchem


Jaguar Land Rover wins sustainable development award

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has received a Queen's award for sustainable development following the opening of a £500 million factory in Wolverhampton last year.

The Midlands-based car manufacturer is spearheading a drive for sustainability in the once-again buoyant UK car industry.

Queen's awards are awarded to enterprises on the basis of excellence in trade, innovation or sustainability.
In this case the award recognises JLR for a number of sustainability commitments, not least the development and production of lightweight aluminium petrol and diesel engines from their new Wolverhampton facility.

The award also recognises the engine plant itself, which is powered in part by the UK's largest field of solar-panels positioned on the plant roof.

The company estimates that this solar roof generates up to 30% of the factory's energy on the sunniest of days.

What's more, the company is investing heavily in hybrid technology. JLR now offer a hybrid version of the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport which maintain the off road capabilities of their predecessors but come fitted with advanced hybrid systems.

The company appears to be flourishing under the ownership of Tata Motors. The parent company has already reduced the weight of range-rovers by 440kg, and now they look set to meet European Union's 2020 vehicle emission targets.

Tata Motors are taking a responsible and future-focussed approach to sustainability.

CEO of Jaguar Land Rover, Dr Ralf Speth said: "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."

The company is also commended for driving efficiency while also creating jobs and generating growth in the UK economy.

Over the last five years JLR have recruited over 2,000 apprentices and graduate engineers. They are also helping to bridge a gaping UK skills gap by teaching important STEM skill programmes to young people in the UK.

Dr Speth said: "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."

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