The scale of global intervention must be bolder and faster. Climate change is already impacting the planet and people’s lives.Grant F. Reid, Mars Chief Executive Officer
Mars’ chocolate bar announced this week its plan to be carbon neutral by 2023. The change will apply to confectionary sold in the UK, Ireland and Canada
In a press release, Mars explained that all the future bars, 220 million, to be sold in Canada, UK, and Ireland will be carbon neutral. The company also wants to achieve zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Building a sustainable future implies the total change of the supply chain, from the raw materials resources, packaging, and transportation. All this chain produces dioxide emissions.
100 percent of suppliers providing dairy for the Mars bar in the UK will have a program to reduce their on-farm greenhouse gas impacts. We know that we must continue to make purposeful climate interventions. And we know that to create a world tomorrow where the planet is healthy, we must continue to take bold action.
How it will be done?
According to the company’s website, Mars has been reducing their footprints by 67% since 2015 and new logistics programs have been organized. In addition to this, in Canada, the Mars bar factory certified LEED Silver, which means it produces zero waste and recaptures the heat.
There will be actions to tackle deforestation and to reduce the impact on resourcing raw materials. The creation of a geomap will provide the data from farms and accelerated partnerships to produce dairy more sustainably.
As a result of supercharging our efforts to sustainably transform supply chain agricultural practices, namely cocoa and cows, the Mars bar will see a carbon footprint reduction of over 20% in the UK, Ireland and Canada by 2023. Application technology will be used to reduce the on-farm greenhouses impacts
Any emissions that cannot be eliminated will be offset by high-quality carbon removal credits based on climate solutions like reforestation and land restoration.