Our Operations

Our approach to sustainable operations
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Pursuing sustainability in our business for the mutual benefit of all stakeholders is closely linked to sustainable operations locally. We are aware of the factors relevant to the environment in the factories and offices where we do business, and it is there we have the most control and influence. The result is our ambitious goal of continuously reducing waste, energy and water usage in our operations.

Our aspiration: ”Sustainable in a Generation” – sustainable production by 2040

Driven by our Five Principles and backed by robust scientific data, we have set the ambitious goal of making our operations sustainable by 2040. This began in 2007 with the establishment of the program ”Sustainable in a Generation” (SiG) at all of our business operations, where each site is obligated to reduce waste, energy and water usage every year by 3 %, regardless of changes in production volumes. To accomplish our goal, we will not only increase the use of renewable energy, but also eventually completely ban the use of fossil fuels from our operations. We have also set clear, long-term targets regarding water and waste.

Four Strategies in place

We used 2007 as the baseline year for the first complete data set documenting our energy usage and waste. From this information we developed four strategies to support us in reaching both short and long-term goals:

  • Operational efficiency: Decreasing energy use, water use and waste through changes in the practices and behavior of our associates.

  • Capital efficiency: Investing in more efficient equipment and processes to save capital in the long run.

  • New technology: Developing and deploying innovations that change the way we do things.

  • Renewable energy: Working with partners to generate and use cleaner types of power.

Progress and Success

  • Since our 2007 baseline, usage of fossil-fuel energy has been reduced by 7.3 % and greenhouse gas emissions by 5 %. This was done even though production tonnage rose by 2.2 % in the same timeframe. Despite this success, progress toward our overall SiG goals has not been as strong as we would like. Energy use and emissions in Mars Petcare and Mars Chocolate have increased slightly. The amount of packaging material we use has also increased by 3 % since 2007, largely due to the inclusion of several more business units.

  • Three of the only 50 hybrid trucks in Europe from Mercedes Benz are being tested by Mars Germany in daily logistic operations. In particular in city traffic, their fuel consumption is 10 to 15 % lower, which in turn also means reduced CO2 emissions.

  • Our usage of water based on the 2007 figures has altogether been reduced by about 18 %. Especially Mars Drinks and Wrigley continue to reduce water, whereas other segments are using more water due to increased production tonnages.

  • Waste to landfill has been reduced across the entire business by 55 % since 2007.

  • Our Austrian sites are on course to reach their SiG targets. Due to the efficient technology of our new production line in Bruck, gas consumption has been cut by 10 %. The better-than-required heat insulation of the new production hall and an innovative floor heating system together account for heating energy savings of 15 %.

  • By optimizing our air conditioning and hot water systems, installing measurement devices on all high-consumption electrical equipment, and a number of small steps – mostly proposed by committed associates – energy consumption in 2013 was reduced by 21 % over 2012.

  • Responsible waste management does not end with the production phase, but continues to be a challenge facing society. For many years now, Wrigley has been engaged together with various partners in educating our children and youth about proper waste disposal – including chewing gum.

Sustainability at Mars involves teamwork requiring the active support of our associates. They are the ones who know most about our operations and processes, and are in the best position to identify potential improvements. This is why we have regular ”SiG Workshops” to encourage associates to generate ideas for further optimizing how we work with our resources.

Find more information on mars.com.

Case Studies

33 million euros – Mars Austria’s largest investment so far –were spent on the latest enlargement and replacement project at the Bruck petfood factory.
In the autumn of 2012 the chocolate factory in Breitenbrunn took on a pioneer role within Mars, Incorporated: in the context of the “Sustainable in a Generation” (SiG) program
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