Mars Urges The Business Community And Global Leaders To Take Bold Action To Tackle Climate Change

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – John Kerry, the US Secretary of State says the outgoing Obama administration wants to prevent the withdrawal of the US from the landmark Paris deal to prevent catastrophic climate change. “This is bigger than one person, one president,” Kerry said in Marrakech, before his last address to the UN climate summit being held here, the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22). Business leaders added their weight to the calls for the Paris agreement to be protected. Mars, Inc. urged the business community and global leaders at COP22 to take bold action to implement the targets agreed last year in Paris for tackling climate change. Republican president-elect Donald Trump has called climate change a “hoax” and said he would “cancel” the United States’ participation in the accord reached in Paris last year.

Barry Parkin, Mars Chief Sustainability & Health and Wellbeing Officer, commented: “This is an important moment in global political and economic history, and we absolutely must come together to solve the immense challenges facing the planet. Climate change, water scarcity and deforestation are serious threats to society. It is imperative that global businesses, like Mars, do their part to face down those threats.” At COP21 in Paris last year, Mars joined the chief executives of the world’s leading food companies to publish an open letter to global leaders pledging individual and collaborative action on climate change and urging governments to forge clear international agreements at the meeting. Also last year, Mars signed on to the American Business Act on Climate, led by the White House. The Act is a commitment to climate action that aims to rally business, government, academic, technical and scientific communities to tackle climate change in the US and on a global scale.

Mars combined this latest call to action with an announcement of plans for a wind farm in Mexico—its third major wind energy commitment; it has an ambition to eliminate all fossil fuel use from its operations by 2040. Mars’ new wind farm in Mexico is the latest in a series of major renewable electricity projects. The move will also help to develop a growing renewables market in Mexico. It sends a clear signal of support to the Yucatan government that demand for renewables is rising, and that there’s an alternative to using polluting fossil fuels in this environmentally sensitive area.

Mars is a food business with supply chains all over the world exposed to climate change. It therefore recognises that these extreme weather patterns are affecting the raw materials it buys. The company knows that if it doesn’t prevent the consequences that have been predicted, it will have a real impact for its business. Its commitments are underpinned by the science-based goals that steer all of its sustainability programs—including achieving zero waste to landfill across all its sites by 2015, and eliminating 100 percent of Green House Gas emissions from all global operations by 2040.

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