100% Renewable Electricity Powers Mars US & UK Operations
Mars UK now runs on carbon-neutral electricity. And they’ve harnessed the wind to do it. The new 20-turbine Moy Wind Farm, just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, is generating the equivalent of 100% of the electricity required to power all 12 Mars UK sites.
Efforts like this have helped us successfully achieve our global 2015 goal to reduce GHG emissions from operations by 25% from a 2007 baseline. The wind farm will also help propel us toward the goal of eliminating fossil fuel energy greenhouse gas emissions in our UK operations, and achieving carbon neutral operations globally by 2040.
With a capacity of 60MW, and an annual output of more than 125,000 megawatt-hours, the wind farm will enable all Mars UK factories and offices to produce some of our best-loved brands—including MARS®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA® and UNCLE BEN’S® — using renewable electricity.
And that’s a lot of energy! In fact, the Moy farm will generate power equal to running 34,000 average UK households, making more than 80 billion pellets of WRIGLEY EXTRA® gum, or producing enough MALTESERS® to fill 166 Olympic-sized swimming pools every year.
Mars UK has committed to buying all of its electricity through energy company Eneco UK for 10 years, making this one of the biggest long-term commitments to renewable energy use of any business in the United Kingdom. It’s also the latest example of our work to make our operations ‘Sustainable in a Generation.’
“Partnering with Eneco UK on the Moy Windfarm will slash the carbon footprint of our operations and enable us to run our UK business on one of the most fundamental and sustainable natural resources available”, said Blas Maquivar, president, Mars Chocolate UK and Global Retail.
“We’re excited to be taking the next step in Mars’ global journey on its path to zero greenhouse gas emissions. Being at the leading edge of renewable energy is another great example of growth we can be proud of.”
The deal follows the April 2014 launch of a large-scale wind farm in Lamesa, Texas, which now generates the equivalent of 100% of the electricity required to power the company’s entire US operations.
As a global business, we know we have a strong voice and we want to use it for the good of our people and our planet.
At a Climate Group Renewable Energy (RE)100 event Kevin Rabinovitch, Global Sustainability Director at Mars, shared the story of how we are moving to 100% renewable energy. Here, we shared plans for a new wind farm in Mexico, following on from similar previous wind projects in Texas and Scotland.
Speaking to CNBC, Barry Parkin, Chief Sustainability Officer at Mars added: "It is vital that the business community demonstrates its ongoing commitment to tackling climate change. This is an important moment in global political and economic history, and we absolutely must come together to solve the immense challenges facing the planet. Climate change, water scarcity and deforestation are serious threats to society. It is imperative that global businesses, like Mars, do their part to face down those threats."
Mars will continue to take action as a business and to work with government, industry, Non-Governmental Organizations and individuals to make progress on the clear, measurable and enforceable targets for carbon emissions reductions that were agreed in Paris in 2015.