Energy efficiency is far from a trend. It is a solution to the growing issue of global warming, decreasing energy prices, and making homes, businesses, and communities more productive. This Halloween, we want to celebrate some of the businesses leading the way and setting examples for other facilities and industries. These businesses all have one very sweet thing in common – they make candy!
Mars, Hershey, and Lindt are names we have been seeing a lot of throughout October – and will continue to see as the holiday season kicks into full swing. Our friends at the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) recently published to their blog a complete description of what the initiatives these companies have taken to decrease waste, increase operations, and decrease energy use.
Read on below and click here to see the full article. We hope this encourages you to see where your business could “go green.”
Below is an excerpt from “The Sustainable Sugar Rush: How Candy Companies Are Saving Energy” by Kate Doughty as originally published by the ACEEE blog. To read the full article, please visit www.aceee.org.
Headquartered in McLean, Virginia, Mars makes Snickers, Milky Way, M&M’s, and Twix. The world’s largest candy company, it employs more than 110,000 people at factories across the globe, including 50-plus factories in the United States. It cites energy efficiency as a key way to meet its sustainability goals while managing company growth.
Last year, Mars announced it will spend $1 billion to improve company sustainability and will devote one-third of that funding to water and energy efficiency. Its goal is to reduce its energy intensity (energy use per unit GDP) by about 2% annually and to improve its energy efficiency in direct operations by 10%, from 2015 levels, by 2020.
In the past three years, the company has cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 10% through efficiency and renewable energy, which powers 100% of its US operations, according to Mars’ most recent sustainability report.
Mars’ upgrades range from large-scale changes such as improving manufacturing equipment to smaller adjustments like switching its factories to LED lighting—which is also great way to improve energy efficiency in your home.
You know Hershey from Halloween favorites like Kit Kats, Reese’s, and, of course, Hershey’s Chocolate. But did you know about its sustainability efforts?
The Hershey Company has committed to reduce candy packaging, carbon emissions, and overall waste by 25% before the year 2025—and improvements in energy efficiency are a crucial part of meeting these goals.
“We use a fleet of electric cars in Hershey [Pennsylvania],” says the company’s 2017 Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR). Hershey has two cogeneration facilities in Monterrey, Mexico, that have reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 17,938 tons—the annual emissions of about 3,500 cars—by converting natural gas to electricity.
To save energy, Hershey replaced chillers at three US manufacturing plants and upgraded refrigeration controls at another plant. It optimized the loading of its trucks to reduce vehicle miles traveled, according to the company’s 2016 CSR report.
Last but not least, Hershey invests in energy audits to ensure it is as efficient as possible.
Lindt & Sprüngli (USA) Inc.
Lindt is best known for Lindor Truffles and Lindt chocolate bars. This February, in partnership with Eversource, Lindt launched a three-year strategy to save 3.5 million kilowatt hours per year—enough to power 500 US homes for a year—at its Stratham production facility in New Hampshire
“Over the next few years, we will complete a number of renovations and construction projects that will enhance the efficiency of our processes,” said Davide Nico, vice president of operations at Lindt Chocolate USA. These renovations include an energy-efficient central chiller plant, state-of-the-art ventilation, rooftop cooling units, and a wastewater heat recovery system. Like Mars, Lindt USA is also installing LED lights.
More broadly, Lindt aims to reduce both energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 2% annually, relying partly on energy efficiency, according to its 2017 sustainability report. Excluding Russell Stover, a 2014 acquisition, the company says it cut energy consumption per ton by 18% between 2008 and 2017. It used thermal insulation, energy recovery, and optimized transport routes. Globally, it says, one-third of its power now comes from renewable sources.
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