Partnership with Eneco’s Moy Wind Farm will provide renewable electricity as Mars moves towards carbon-neutral operations globally

Mars achieves its global 2015 goal to reduce GHG emissions from operations by 25% from a 2007 baseline and Moy is latest step in Mars’ efforts to be ‘Sustainable in a Generation’

Mars, Incorporated now runs on carbon-neutral electricity in the UK. They’ve tapped into the new, 20-turbine Moy Wind Farm, located just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Owned and operated by Eneco UK, Moy will generate the equivalent of 100% of the electricity required to power all 12 Mars UK sites. Mars has committed to buying electricity through Eneco UK for the next decade.

The Moy Wind Farm has an export capacity of 60 MW and an annual consumption of over 125,000 megawatt-hours. The wind farm will enable all Mars UK factories and offices to produce Mars’ best-loved brands—including MARS®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA® and UNCLE BEN’S® using renewable electricity. The power generated is equal to that used by 34,000 average UK households, or to make enough MALTESERS® to fill 166 Olympic-size swimming pools each year. With almost 4,000 Mars Associates, the private, family-owned business has manufactured in the UK for over 84-years. The company wants to shrink its carbon footprint and support the UK’s effort to increase the amount of the nation’s electricity generated through wind energy.

The wind farm is the latest step on Mars’ journey towards making its global operations fully carbon-neutral by 2040. The deal follows the April 2014 launch of a large-scale wind farm in Mesquite Creek, Texas, which now generates the equivalent of 100% of the electricity required to power the company’s entire US operations. Mars in Poland effectively supports the global strategy. The recent project of Mars in Poland was the launch of one of the most modern water treatment plant in the world, which generates a surplus of electricity and heat, reducing CO2 emissions to the atmosphere of a complex of factories in Sochaczew by approx. 10%. Water consumption was reduced equally. The energy generated from the water treatment plant would be able to power up 32,000 refrigerators Class A +. Efforts like these have helped Mars successfully achieve its global 2015 goal to reduce GHG emissions from operations by 25% from a 2007 baseline.

Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability and Health & Wellbeing Officer, Mars Incorporated, said:

“The UK has been home to Mars for 84 years. We’re proud that the brands that we make here will now be manufactured using renewable electricity, and that we are reducing our carbon footprint in the UK and around the world. As with our wind farm in Lamesa, Texas, Moy will contribute significantly to our effort to eliminate fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from our global operations by 2040 as part of our ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ program. The Moy Wind Farm is part of our innovative and long-term approach to achieving our goal to be a successful and sustainable business for generations to come.

We’re not there yet, but we recognize all businesses have a responsibility to tackle climate change and we hope our partnership with Eneco at Moy will encourage other companies to take steps to reduce their own carbon footprint through renewable energy. Working together, government and industry can move the needle on climate change.”

Zoisa Walton, Country Director, Eneco UK, said:

“This project is very special to Eneco as it brings together all the elements of our strategy – a renewable generating asset, a like-minded partner in Mars, and the opportunity to deliver real benefits to the local community. We are proud to be supplying Mars UK and to be working with them to create a more sustainable future.”

Moy Wind Farm Facts:

The Moy Wind Farm is operated by Eneco UK. With an export capacity of 60MW and an annual consumption of over 125,000 megawatt-hours, Moy will enable Mars’ UK factories and offices –12 sites in total—to use only renewable electricity while producing iconic brands and meeting the needs of customers and consumers throughout the region.

Each year, this is the equivalent to:

  • 3.6% of Mars’ total factory and office carbon footprint
  • Powering 34,000 average UK households
  • Making 4.2 billion MARS® bars
  • Making enough MALTESERS® to fill 166 Olympic-size swimming pools
  • Making 450 million cans of PEDIGREE®
  • 1.8 billion WHISKAS® pouches
  • Making over 80 billion pellets of Wrigley EXTRA® gum
  • Making 2.3 billion servings of UNCLE BEN’S® Rice (based upon a serving size of 62.5g dry rice)
  • Making over 5 billion standard cups of coffee brewed by a Mars Drinks’ FLAVIA 400 brewer center:news:news list