Australia has signed 20 year power-purchase agreements (PPA) with Total Eren to
generate the equivalent of 100% of Mars’ electricity from renewable energy by
The energy generated by the Kiamal solar farm is enough to power:
- 185 million 180g bags of M&MS® Peanut; or
- 29 million 3kg bags of PEDIGREE®; or
- 1.4 billion bottles of MasterFoods® tomato sauce; or
- 510 million packets of EXTRA™.
In 2017, Mars committed a billion dollars to delivering our Sustainable in A Generation plan.
Mars Australia was ranked #1 in the Best Places to Work 2017 study.
Total Eren is developing and will build the Kiamal Solar Farm near Ouyen, Victoria which will be operational in mid-2019. The Mars PPAs will also facilitate the planned build of a second renewable project by Total Eren in NSW.
Mars has contracted for energy to match the electricity requirements of its six Australian factories (Asquith, Ballarat, Bathurst, Wacol, Wodonga & Wyong) and two sales offices (Melbourne & Sydney).
“Mars is thrilled to be flicking the switch to solar energy,” said Barry O’Sullivan, Mars Australia. “It's about making a long-term commitment to a sustainable, greener planet that will benefit our customers, our consumers and the local and global community."
Australia as a nation currently is one of the highest emitters of greenhouse gas per capita, in the world, with electricity generation being a major contributor.
Mars, in partnership with Total Eren, will play a role in reducing Australia's reliance on fossil fuels – the power generated at the Kiamal Solar Farm will be supplied to the national grid, thereby increasing the ratio of renewable energy in the National Energy Market.
Mr O'Sullivan said, "The rise in electricity prices last year accelerated our plans to join Mars sites in the US, UK and 9 other countries in moving to renewable electricity."
"We acted quickly because the price volatility of energy in Australia made renewables the best option for our business, in addition to getting us closer to our commitment to eliminate greenhouse gasses from our operations by 2040."
The PPAs are part of a broader Mars journey to become Sustainable in a Generation, with plans to reduce greenhouse gasses across the supply chain by 67% by 2050.
Rabinovitch, Mars Global VP Sustainability said, “Last year we announced we’re
spending a billion dollars in the next three years to start transforming our
supply chain to get those impact reductions. We’ve made solid progress on the
sustainability of our own operations since 2007, so now we’re in a good position
to accelerate work and share lessons with our supply chain partners as we
tackle impacts beyond our own operations.”
O’Sullivan added, “We have an extensive local supplier network and we’ll be
talking to them about how they can help further reduce emissions in our supply
Total Eren CEO
David Corchia said, “Total Eren has an ambitious vision for the expansion and
development of renewable energy in Australia.”
with manufacturing thought leaders like Mars Australia is essential and sends a
strong message to the rest of the market that now is the time to capitalise on
the opportunities offered by renewable power purchase agreements and to drive
positive change in the environment.”
Mars does not
take energy directly from the solar farm to power its operations. By helping to
underwrite a part of the project, Mars provided the security necessary to
enable the project developers, Total Eren, to expand the solar farm to a
planned Stage 1 capacity of 200 MW. In return, Mars will receive the Renewable
Energy Certificates (RECs) created by Kiamal Solar Farm, which are transferable
for all Mars’ electricity use in all of its Australian facilities.
Sam Kimmins, Head of RE100, The Climate
Group, said, “Investing in solar power is a sound business decision in light of
fluctuating energy costs in Australia. By adding renewables capacity and
engaging suppliers, leaders like Mars can spur wider corporate action that can
shift the local market away from fossil fuels and start bringing down the
country’s high emissions.”
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Mars’ global action in sustainability, click here.