Sustainable Practices & Operations – Sustainability | Mars, Incorporated
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DRIVING TOWARD OUR SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

Everyone at Mars is working toward becoming Sustainable in a Generation. Our approach is to do everything we can to reduce our impact on the environment by using the best-available scientific data. Read more about how we understand and prioritize the impacts of our business.

Our Sustainable in a Generation goals are meant to be a challenge — by setting aspirational goals, every step toward them will mean real, positive impacts on our business, people and the planet.

We’re well on our way. On April 30, 2014, we made a significant step toward being completely carbon neutral by announcing a new partnership. With the Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, we built a massive wind farm that provides an amount of renewable energy equal to our entire US operations. The Mesquite Creek 118-turbine wind farm is a symbol of our commitment to renewable energy in the United States.

WHERE WE AIM TO BE

We want to cut all fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 2040. We plan to develop long-term water and waste targets to support this goal.

We’re setting short-term targets, using 2007 as our baseline, and looking forward to great success in the future. Our goals for 2015 were to:

  • Reduce fossil-fuel energy, greenhouse gas emissions and water use by 25 percent
  • Send zero waste to landfill

We set these targets at the beginning of the economic downturn, as production volumes were falling. As productivity continues to recover, we’re working hard to become ever more efficient.

HOW WE PLAN TO GET THERE

Our Sustainable in a Generation goals help us design, build and manage our operations with an eye toward a more sustainable future. We are implementing four strategies to help meet our targets. Some will make an impact today, while we plant the seeds for even greater gains tomorrow. We’re working on:

  • Operational efficiency: Decreasing energy use, water use and waste through changes in practices and behavior
  • Capital efficiency: Investing in more efficient equipment and processes
  • New technology: Developing and deploying innovations that change the way we do things
  • Renewable energy: Working with partners to generate cleaner power

OUR SUSTAINABLE IN A GENERATION APPROACH

TEAM EFFORT AT WRIGLEY REDUCES ABSOLUTE ENERGY USE

We want to be absolutely sustainable. Our Associates at Wrigley have proven it possible time and time again, cutting energy use as production volumes have risen — showing that absolute reductions are indeed possible.

ASSOCIATES DRIVE SIG PROGRESS AT MARS FOOD BOLTON

Associates Craig Heffernan and Peter Low at Mars Food in Bolton, Canada, have saved the equivalent of the energy needed to power 85 homes for a year — and enough water to sustain 65 families.

SIG WORKSHOPS ROLL OUT WORLDWIDE

Sustainable in a Generation workshops around the world are inspiring Mars Chocolate Associates to identify new energy-, water- and waste-saving opportunities.

VIERSEN TAKES LEAD IN DRIVE TOWARD SUSTAINABILITY GOALS

Associates in Viersen, Germany, have gone above and beyond to become Sustainable in a Generation. As a part of the Mars Chocolate network, it has made great progress and is on track for all of the Sustainable in a Generation goals. It has been landfill-free since 2009, and having implemented successful strategies to improve energy and water efficiency.

MEASURING OUR SUCCESSES

Individualized data about how each of our many sites are performing helps us see how our Associates are doing their part to reach our sustainability goals and figure out where to invest moving forward. This process has already shown us that we need to speed up our renewable energy initiatives so we can meet our energy and greenhouse gas reduction targets on time.

Our commitment to more sustainable operations runs deep. We are proud that Mars Associates in our cross-segment SiG team make it a priority to implement our Sustainable in a Generation strategies and go out of their way to improve performance of our operations. Our SiG team is responsible for:

  • Assessing facilities
  • Sharing best practices
  • Prioritizing technical developments