Mars, Incorporated has announced plans to power all of its 2,000 veterinary hospitals in the US with renewable electricity.
It has signed a new power purchase agreement (PPA) with Apex Clean Energy for green energy that will cover more than 100% of the electricity needed for the hospitals.
The partnership will enable the construction of a new 121.26MW wind farm in Ford County, Illinois, scheduled for completion by the end of 2021.
Together with an existing wind farm in Texas, Ford Ridge will generate enough electricity for the entire Mars confectionery, food and pet care businesses in the US.
Mars estimates nearly 11 million new pets have been welcomed to US homes in 2020 and with the average vet visit using enough electricity to charge more than 600 smartphones, the PPA will allow for more sustainable pet ownership in the country.
The project supports Mars’ goal of using renewable energy in 100% of its direct operations by 2040.
Barry Parkin, Chief Procurement and Sustainability Officer at Mars said: “As our business in the US continues to grow, Mars is committed to embedding sustainable solutions throughout our operations. And as the world looks to rebuild from the devastating effects of the pandemic, it will be critical for businesses to lead.
“This partnership is further evidence that we are moving full steam toward our emissions targets and driving climate action throughout our extended value chain.”