Mars switches to wind energy in Mexico

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FMCG global giant Mars has decided recently to use 100 per cent wind power for all its factory electricity in Mexico, sealing a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Mexican energy companies Vive Energía and Envision Energy.

The change will provide electricity to six confectionery and pet food facilities. Mars manufactures confectionery brands such as M&M’s and Skittles, as well as pet brands including Pedigree and Whiskas.

The confectionery giant said it will reduce its direct global GHG emissions by 40 per cent by 2020, and plans to target 100 per cent by 2040. Mars has already shifted to using 53 per cent renewables.

“Mars is thrilled to be flipping the switch to wind energy. Our ‘Sustainable in a Generation’ plan sets out bold ambitions to advance the sustainability of our business for the next generation. We are investing US$1 billion over the next few years to extend our focus deep in our supply chains, within our direct operations and, where impactful, with customers and consumers too,” said Eduardo González, manufacturing director for Mars Latin America.

“Today, here in Mexico, we are taking a stand on climate change. Among our goals: reducing GHG emissions across our global value chain by 27 per cent by 2025 and 67 per cent by 2050 in order to do our part to keep the planet from warming beyond two degrees.”

Mars Mexico is now among other regional operations that have switched to using clean energy, including Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Lithuania, Poland, Spain, UK and the US. The FMCG giant said Australia will be one of the next countries to convert to using clean energy, and has pledged to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to deal with the ongoing climate change.

“Congratulations to Mars, which, as the first North American company to join RE100 nearly five years ago, continues to lead the way on renewable energy by investing in wind projects around the world,” said Amy Davidsen, executive director of the non-profit organisation, The Climate Group, NA.

“We are excited to learn of this new project in Yucatan, Mexico, a state government committed to reducing its emissions as part of the Under2 Coalition. Companies and local governments can work together to build renewable energy capacity, accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, and tackle climate change.”

The FMCG company also partnered with renewable energy market advisor Commodity Risk Solution (CRS) to create the PPA.

“With this agreement, Mars will deliver an innovative agreement that will provide a lasting economic advantage in the recently reformed Mexico wholesale electricity market. CRS approaches the whole business, from energy buyer to CFO, and delivers outcomes that pave the way for a sustainable future,” CRS co-founder Luke Marriott said.

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