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Energy & Climate

ENERGY AND CLIMATE

CUTTING EMISSIONS TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE

Climate change will have significant effects on people and the planet — using The Five Principles as a guide, we’re committed to being part of the solution.

That’s why we’ve set targets to reduce our emissions, regardless of how much our business grows. Through our Sustainable in a Generation program, we’ve pledged to eliminate all greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 2040 and reduce emissions from our product deliveries to retail customers as much as we can.

PRINCIPLES IN ACTION 2015 SPOTLIGHT: GREENHOUSE GAS AND FOSSIL FUEL TARGETS

In 2015, we’re excited to have met our goal to cut greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25 percent — just one step closer to eliminating our GHG emissions by 2040. A major part of this was due to our exciting new wind farm in Mesquite Creek, Texas. In just one year it has enabled us to cut our Scope 2 emissions (GHG emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat or steam) by nearly 40 percent! See below for some of the other great ways our Associates are helping reduce Mars’ emissions.

2015 TARGET: REDUCE GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS BY 25 PERCENT
PROGRESS: 25 PERCENT GHG EMISSIONS REDUCTION — ACHIEVED

We didn’t quite hit our fossil fuel reduction target, but we’ve made some good progress so far and this measure supports the more important GHG target. By 2015 we managed to reduce our total energy use by 5 percent compared to 2007 — all the while growing our business — but our fossil fuel use had reduced by 18 percent in the same period!

2015 TARGET: REDUCE FOSSIL FUEL USE BY 25 PERCENT
PROGRESS: 18.1 PERCENT FOSSIL FUEL REDUCTION — UPPING OUR EFFORTS

REDUCING EMISSIONS & IMPROVING EFFICIENCY ON-SITE

  • Our Associates at Wrigley are saving more than 25,000 kilowatt hours of energy a year in Baddi, India, by installing temperature and motion sensitive air conditioning and lighting, respectively.
  • A team of Associates at Mars Drinks in Basingstoke, U.K., has come up with a number of energy-saving projects — from switching off lights in unoccupied areas to optimizing the building management system. Through their efforts, they’ve saved the business around 1,000 kilowatt-hours per week.
  • By replacing just 378 light bulbs with energy-efficient alternatives, that same team in Basingstoke saved £11,000 per year by cutting down on energy usage. 
  • The age-old practice of drying rice has become an area for innovation at Mars Food in Olen, Belgium. Associates there invested US$500,000 in a pilot project to research new technologies that could cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent. 

CLIMATE CHANGE

We have the power to act now to prevent further climate change. As it stands now, the consequences are dire — changing rainfall patterns, floods, droughts and the spread of pests and diseases are putting whole habitats and communities at risk.

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MARS, INCORPORATED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

To make a real difference, we have to focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions across all our supply chains around the world. Using the Greenhouse Gas Protocol1 and other sources of data, we have calculated our emissions as follows:

  • 3 percent: scope 1 emissions from direct energy and fuel consumption in our factories, offices and vehicles
  • 3 percent: scope 2 emissions from purchased electricity used in our factories and offices
  • 96 percent: scope 3 emissions from purchased raw materials, packaging and other goods and services, plus other aspects of our value chain, such as transportation of raw materials and products, business travel, our products in use and waste generated in our operations

TACKLING SCOPE 1 AND 2 EMISSIONS

We’ve committed to eliminating our contributions to greenhouse gas emissions from all of our factories and offices by 2040. We achieved our interim target to reduce operational emissions by 25 percent by 2015 in absolute terms, from a 2007 baseline. Our next interim GHG target is a 40% reduction by 2020 as we continue to work towards eliminating them entirely:

  • Our wind farm in Mesquite Creek, Texas, which opened in February 2015, generates electricity equivalent to 100% of the needs of our U.S. operations.
  • Since May 2016, we have been purchasing electricity from the Moy wind farm in Scotland for all 12 Mars U.K. sites.
  • In 2017, we will achieve 100% renewable electricity for our operations in both Mexico and Belgium.
  • By 2020, we intend to implement on-site and off-site renewable projects in China, India and Australia.

TACKLING SCOPE 3 EMISSIONS

Agriculture is key to our business — making it more sustainable is key to protecting its future. Approximately 77 percent of our scope 3 emissions and 73 percent of our total greenhouse gas emissions relate to the production of the goods and services we purchase, and agricultural raw materials in particular. Agriculture releases these harmful emissions in many ways, including:

  • Energy used during farming and the production of pesticides, fertilizers and animal feeds
  • Methane and/or nitrous oxide from livestock, crops and fertilizer use
  • Land use changes, such as forest clearance

Working together with scientific experts at UC Davis, The Sustainability Consortium, the Sustainable Food Lab, the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative Platform and the University of Cambridge, we’re finding lasting ways to reduce our emissions by developing a strategy for encouraging sustainable agriculture in our supply chain.

EFFICIENCY AND TECHNOLOGY

We love efficiency — it’s by far the most immediate and cost-effective way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. The less fossil-fuel energy we use, the fewer carbon emissions we produce. Here are some ways we’re working to become even more efficient:

  • Measuring the efficiency of existing practices
  • Investing in technology and processes that use less power
  • Driving down energy use through changes in behavior

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Using renewable energy provides big benefits for our business, people and the planet — Mutuality in action. That’s why we’re constantly searching for opportunities to install renewable energy sources at all of our current and future operations. From locally sourced hydropower to installing solar panels on our roofs, our initiatives are already reducing energy use, emissions and costs across the globe. Here are a few examples:

  • One Mars Chocolate and three Mars Petcare sites in Brazil use renewable energy from a supplier to meet their energy needs.
  • Mars Petcare in Bokros, Hungary, uses local thermal springs as a renewable energy source of heating and hot water, cutting natural gas use by 80 percent and greenhouse gas emissions over time.
  • Wrigley factories in Poznan, Poland and Porici, Czech Republic treat wastewater anaerobically, which provides renewable energy in the form of biogas.
  • Mars Chocolate’s Henderson site in Nevada, U.S., installed a 4.4-acre solar garden that generates 1.25 million kilowatt hours of energy per year, supporting 100 percent of the site’s electricity needs on sunny days and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 867 tons per year.

MARS MASSIVE WIND FARM CREATES ENOUGH POWER FOR ENTIRE U.S. OPERATIONS

Our Mesquite Creek Wind project, a 200-megawatt wind farm, has 118 turbines, producing enough electricity to power over 60,000 homes — or all of our sites in the United States. This makes Mars the first major food business to source all of its electricity for its U.S. operations from renewable sources.

Learn more about our wind farms. »

MARS UNITES WITH GLOBAL FOOD COMPANIES ON CLIMATE ACTION

Alongside our partners in the food and beverage industry, we asked the United States and other global leaders participating in the 2015 United Nation’s Conference of Parties (COP21) to do more to combat climate change.


Mars has committed to eliminating all greenhouse gas emissions from our operations and also reduce emissions from product transportation.