Sustainability drive sees Mondelēz International switch sites to renewable electricity

Mondelēz International has made a key sustainability move in switching six of its core UK confectionery and snacks manufacturing sites including its Bournville headquarters, to 100% renewable electricity, reports Neill Barston.

The business, which is behind leading brands such as Cadbury Dairy Milk, Green & Black’s, BelVita, Maynard’s Bassetts and OREO, has embarked on major green initiatives across its global operations.

As the firm noted, the company had already achieved a reduction of 20% C02 emissions across production sites by the end of 2020, which was made possible by an increased use of renewable electricity internationally, moving from just 8% to 23% of total electricity used.

It will be switching to the new renewable sourced British-generated electricity at key sites including its Bournville factory, the heart and home of Cadbury in the UK, Bournville RDQ centre, Sheffield factory the home of Maynards Bassetts, Minworth, Marlbrook, Chirk and Crediton.

This increase played a key part in enabling the company to achieve a significant reduction in CO2 emissions – by 147,109 tonnes, from 1,336,793 tonnes in 2019 to 1,189,684 tonnes in 2020. This annual reduction in CO2 is equivalent to taking 31,993 cars off the road for one year.

The transition to 100% renewable electricity sourced within the UK for these production sites means that Mondelēz International can offset the equivalent of 2,900 people’s annual CO2 emissions. This is calculated using the UK government’s findings that the average Brit emits around seven tonnes of CO2 annually. The UK business now joins other MDLZ production sites in using 100% renewable electricity including Mexico, Australia and New Zealand.

Significantly, in February 2020 Mondelēz International announced a new goal to reduce end to end CO2 emissions by 10% by 2025. This new goal is a science based target (SBTI) and a core part of the company’s Snacking Made Right strategy to create a sustainable future for both people and planet.

Louise Stigant, UK Managing Director, Mondelēz International, said: “Using 100% renewable electricity, that is also generated here, across our six production sites is a huge step towards reducing our carbon emissions here in the UK, whilst supporting our global target and our mission to make our snacks in the right way.”

Adding his praise of the development, Steve McCabe, Selly Oak, Birmingham MP said: “This is a significant step for the region and my constituents, I am passionate about reducing our emissions and so this move by Mondelēz International for Bournville gives me a huge sense of pride.”


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