POWERING THE FUTURE OF WIND ENERGY
WORKING TOWARD OUR COMMITMENT WITH WIND FARMS
Thanks to wind energy, we’re one step closer to decreasing our dependency on fossil fuels and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. As a fourth generation business, Mars is committed to ensuring our business and the communities in which we work are healthy and vibrant for generations to come. We achieved our goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 25% in 2015, and continue to work towards eliminating them entirely.
There is still much work to be done as the world works towards clean energy, but we are proud to play our part in making the future a priority. At Mars, we believe our effort to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions from our operations is just one small, but meaningful, way we can make the world a better place for generations to come.
Learn about our commitment to become Sustainable in a Generation. »
The Mesquite Creek Wind Farm in Lamesa, Texas USA
Our path to carbon-free operations through wind energy started at the Mesquite Creek Wind Farm in Lamesa, Texas when it opened in February 2015. Mars partnered with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas on the construction of this 200 MegaWatt (MW) wind farm. The 118-turbine wind farm jointly developed by Sumitomo Corporation and BNB Renewable Energy is spread over 25,000 acres — an area about the size of Paris, France — in Borden and Dawson counties of Texas, about 8 miles away from Lamesa.
Mesquite Creek marks the biggest long-term commitment to renewable energy use of any food manufacturing business in the United States. With an annual output of more than 800,000 megawatt-hours, Mesquite Creek generates 100% of the electricity needs of Mars’ U.S. operations.
Let’s put those numbers in Mars terms. The energy that is produced by our Texas wind farm is equivalent to:
24 percent of Mars’ total factory and office carbon footprint
Powering 61,000 average U.S. households
Making 13 billion SNICKERS® Bars
Making 125 million forty pound bags of PEDIGREE® Dog Food
Making 188 billion sticks of ORBIT® Gum
Making 18 billion servings of UNCLE BEN’S® Rice*
Mars does not take energy directly from the wind farm to power its operations. By effectively underwriting the project, Mars provided the security necessary to enable the project developers, Sumitomo Corporation, to build the wind farm. In return, Mars will receive all of the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from Mesquite Creek, which are transferable for all Mars’ electricity use in all of its U.S. facilities. The Environmental Protection Agency fully supports these RECs and the model implemented.
The U.K. Wind Farm in Moy, Scotland
The energy it takes to make MARS® Bars, WHISKAS® Cat Food, EXTRA® Gum and UNCLE BEN’S® Rice in the United Kingdom is now provided by a wind farm in Moy, Scotland. Through a partnership with Eneco U.K., the 20-turbine wind farm, located just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, will generate electricity equivalent to what powers all 12 Mars U.K. sites solely with renewable energy.
With a capacity of 60 MW and an annual output of more than 125,000 megawatt-hours, the wind farm will supply renewable electricity to U.K. sites that produce Mars’ most beloved brands. The power generated is equal to 34,000 average U.K. households — or enough MALTESERS® Candy to fill 166 Olympic-size swimming pools.
The Path to Zero