Mars Moves Towards Carbon Neutral Operations With Massive Wind Farm That Will
Provide Electricity From Renewable Sources Equal To Its Entire U.S. Operations
By partnering with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas and BNB on a new
118-turbine wind farm, it marks the biggest long-term commitment to renewable
energy use of any food manufacturing business in the United States
MCLEAN, Va., April 30, 2014
MCLEAN, Va., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Mars, Incorporated, in partnership
with Sumitomo Corporation of Americas, announced an agreement today on a new
200MW wind farm that will generate 100% of the electricity needs of Mars' U.S.
operations, which is comprised of 70 sites, including 37 factories and 25,000
Associates. 'Mesquite Creek Wind,' a 118-turbine wind farm was jointly
developed by Sumitomo and BNB Renewable Energy and is based near Lamesa, Texas
with a footprint of 25,000 acres. With an annual output of over 800,000
megawatt-hours, the energy created from the wind farm will represent 24% of
Mars' total global factory and office carbon footprint – equivalent to the
electricity required to power 61,000 U.S. households. The wind farm represents
the biggest long-term commitment to renewable energy use of any food
manufacturing business in the United States.
The wind farm is one of the ways Mars is achieving its goal to make its
operations 'Sustainable in a Generation' by eliminating greenhouse gas
emissions by 2040. In the shorter term, Mars has committed to reduce fossil
fuel energy and greenhouse gas emissions by 25% by 2015, using 2007 as its
baseline year. The Mesquite Creek wind farm will enable Mars to meet this 2015
BNB, the originating developer of the wind farm, began discussions with Mars
and brought Sumitomo Corporation in to the joint venture. Sumitomo
Corporation and Mars, Incorporated have reached contractual arrangements that
allow Mars to receive all the renewable energy certificates from Mesquite
Creek, offsetting the energy use for Mars' entire US facilities.
Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer at Mars, Incorporated, commented,
"We are committed to doing our part to limit climate change. We are therefore
delighted to be announcing this major renewable project that takes us a big
step towards our goal of becoming carbon neutral in our operations. This is an
innovative approach that makes great business and environmental sense."
"We are pleased to be partnered with Mars to help them reduce their carbon
footprint and allow their electricity to be carbon-neutral in the U.S.
Mesquite Creek is a landmark project for Sumitomo and our sixth renewable
energy investment in the U.S., further strengthening our commitment as a major
developer and owner of renewable energy," said William Cannon, Vice President,
Sumitomo Corporation of Americas.
"By making this extraordinary commitment to buy renewable energy, Mars is
sending a clear message that companies, private and public, have the power to
lead the world on climate change. It's good for the bottom line, it's good
for the environment, and projects like this leave a lasting legacy of values
we hold dear. Thank you Mars and Sumitomo," said Jonathan Butcher, Sr., a
founder of BNB.
Development of Mesquite Creek began in 2008 on the 25,000 acre site, which is
located in Borden and Dawson Counties, Texas, about eight miles from Lamesa.
Blattner Energy Inc. is constructing the wind farm, and electricity will be
generated via 118 1.7MW GE turbines. Turbine delivery is scheduled to begin at
the end of the summer, with commercial operations expected to commence in the
second quarter of 2015.
To learn more, visit http://www.mars.com/carbon-neutral-by-2040
About Mars, Incorporated
In 1911, Frank C. Mars made the first Mars candies in his Tacoma, Washington
kitchen and established Mars' first roots as a confectionery company. In the
1920s, Forrest E. Mars, Sr. joined his father in business and together they
launched the MILKY WAY® bar. In 1932, Forrest, Sr. moved to the United Kingdom
with a dream ofbuilding a business based on the objective of creating a
"mutuality of benefits for all stakeholders" – this objective serves as the
foundation of Mars, Incorporated today. Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has
net sales of more than $33 billion, six business segments including Petcare,
Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 75,000
Associates worldwide that are putting its Principles into action to make a
difference for people and the planet through its performance.
Mars brands include: Petcare – PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, BANFIELD®
Pet Hospital, CESAR®, SHEBA®, DREAMIES® and NUTRO®; Chocolate – M&M'S®,
SNICKERS®, DOVE®, GALAXY®, MARS®, MILKY WAY® and TWIX®; Wrigley – DOUBLEMINT®,
EXTRA®, ORBIT® and 5™ chewing gums, SKITTLES® and STARBURST® candies, and
ALTOIDS® AND LIFESAVERS® mints. Food – UNCLE BEN'S®, DOLMIO®, EBLY®,
MASTERFOODS®, SEEDS OF CHANGE® and ROYCO®; Drinks – ALTERRA COFFEE ROASTERS™,
THE BRIGHT TEA COMPANY™, KLIX® and FLAVIA®; Symbioscience – COCOAVIA® and
WISDOM PANEL®. For more information, please visit www.mars.com. Follow us:
facebook.com/mars, twitter.com/marsglobal, youtube.com/mars,
About Sumitomo Corporation of Americas
Established in 1952, and headquartered in New York City, Sumitomo Corporation
of Americas (SCOA) has 10 offices in major U.S. cities. SCOA is the largest
subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation, one of the world's leading traders of
goods and services. As an integrated business enterprise, the firm has
emerged as a major organizer of multinational projects, an expediter of ideas,
an important international investor and financier, and a powerful force for
distribution of products and global communications through a network of
offices worldwide. For more information visit www.sumitomocorp.com.
Sumitomo Corporation is a leading global trading company, with 115 locations
in 66 countries and 24 locations in Japan. The entire Sumitomo Corporation
Group consists of nearly 800 companies and more than 70,000 personnel. The SC
business is continuously expanding into a diverse range of products and
services. Its core business units are Metal Products; Transportation &
Construction Systems; Environment & Infrastructure; Media, Network, Lifestyle
Related Goods & Services; and Mineral Resources, Energy, Chemical &
About BNB Renewable Energy Holdings
BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, with offices in New York City, Boston, Austin,
Texas, and Exton Pa, is a developer of both distributed-generation and
utility-scale wind, solar, and biogas power plants and has developed and
constructed nearly 500MW of renewable generation throughout the United States.
BNB is actively developing more than 1GW of generation, including
utility-scale wind and solar in Texas and Mexico and several inside-the-fence
renewable projects for Campbell Soup, Pepperidge Farm, and other Fortune 500
companies. For more information, visit www.bnbrenewables.com.
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Contact: Ryan Bowling, Mars, Incorporated, +1 908-914-1702,
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Renewable Energy Holdings LLC, +1 203-550-2963, email@example.com
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