Renewable energy drive for Mars
The energy it takes to make Mars bars and Extra gum in the UK is now being provided by a new wind farm in Moy, Scotland.
Through a partnership with Eneco UK, Mars now utilises a 20-turbine wind farm – located in the Scottish Highlands – which generates electricity equivalent to what powers all 12 Mars UK sites, solely with renewable energy.
Mars told Kennedy’s that it is now one step closer to decreasing its dependency on fossil fuels and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
The company also achieved its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations by 25% in 2015, and continues to work towards eliminating them entirely.
Barry Parkin, chief sustainability and health and wellbeing officer at Mars, comments: “The UK has been home to Mars for 84 years. We’re proud 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.”
With a capacity of 60 MW and an annual output of over 125,000 megawatt-hours, the wind farm will supply renewable electricity to UK sites that produce Mars’ most beloved brands (which also include Whiskas pet food and Uncle Ben’s rice).