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Powering Mars UK With Wind

Powering Mars UK With Wind
May 16
14:35 2016

The energy it takes to make MARS® bars, WHISKAS® cat food, EXTRA® gum and UNCLE BEN’S® rice in the UK is now provided by a new wind farm in Moy, Scotland. Through a partnership with Eneco UK, the 20-turbine wind farm, located just south of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands, will generate electricity equivalent to what powers all 12 Mars UK sites solely with renewable energy.

This means Mars Incorporated is one step closer to decreasing its dependency on fossil fuels and reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. Mars 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 & 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’ brands. The power generated is equal to 34,000 average UK households.

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New Moy wind farm in Scotland will power the equivalent of all Mars UK factories and offices.


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