Jaguar received a commendation today at the prestigious "Business Commitment to the Environment Awards" held in London.

The company was commended for achievements including accreditation to ISO14001, completed in 1998 – making Jaguar the first automotive company, worldwide, to achieve full simultaneous certification to this important standard. This was followed by the implementation of a company-wide strategy for environmental improvement and sustainable development, embracing dealers and suppliers and placing environmental and social responsibility at the heart of Jaguar's corporate citizenship values.

The strategy has resulted in Jaguar introducing a combined heat and power initiative at the company's West Midlands assembly plants, reducing CO2 emissions by over 50% and saving nearly £350,000 through a reduction in labour and service costs and the elimination of the need to chemically treat water.

Jaguar's managing director, Mike Beasley, commented: "We have concentrated on achieving real improvements in our approach to environmental sustainability, as the statistics demonstrate. It is very pleasing to be recognised in this way, and I hope such awards encourage companies to put even more effort into achieving greater environmental sustainability."

The BCE awards, run in association with national environmental charity, Groundwork, represent an independent scheme that aims to encourage and recognise good environmental practice within business and authorities. Named companies are those able to demonstrate an outstanding commitment to environmental excellence over and above statutory requirements.

Published : 29/01/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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