Mars signs Mexican deal for wind energy power for confectionery facilities
Mars, Incorporated has agreed that it will source all electricity for its Mexican confectionery and pet food operations from a new wind farm in Dzilam Bravo, Yucatan, as it targets broader global greenhouse emissions cuts of 40% by 2020.
The new deal for a 15-year power agreement (PPA) with Vive Energía and Envision Energy for electricity involves its two sites in Nuevo León, one at Estado de México, two at Querétaro, and one at Jalisco, making its operations in the country 100% based on renewable energy.
Its initiative in Mexico is part of the company’s Sustainable in a Generation Plan, which the company is aiming to be 100% direct emissions free by 2040 within its international operations. According to the business, it is already ahead of schedule with its plans, using 53% renewables for its energy supplies.
“Mars is thrilled to be flipping the switch to wind energy,” says the champion of the project, Eduardo González, Manufacturing Director for Mars Latin America, which produces such iconic products as M&M’s, Skittles, Turin, Lucas and Orbit.
“Our Sustainable in a Generation Plan sets out bold ambitions to advance the sustainability of our business for the next generation. We are investing $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,” adding that it was a goal to cut its wider global value chain emissions by 27% by 2025 and 67% by 2050.
Mars Mexico joins nine other regional Mars operations that have already migrated to clean energy, consistent with Mars’ commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to proactively combat climate change.