VIDEO: MARS GCC pioneers use of chocolate waste as fuel in Dubai

The use of chocolate waste as fuel is an example of the three-pronged approach that MARS has taken to making its supply chain more sustainable.
Vivian Maduray, factory director, MARS GCC
Vivian Maduray, factory director, MARS GCC

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MARS GCC, the regional arm of the confectionary giant best-known for its Galaxy chocolates, Mars Bars and Snickers, has invested heavily in supply chain sustainability in recent years and has now pioneered the use of chocolate waste as fuel.

According to Vivian Maduray, factory director, MARS GCC, the use of chocolate waste as fuel is an example of the three-pronged approach that MARS has taken to making its supply chain more sustainable.

“We have a policy on zero waste so we find solutions to either recycle or responsibly destroy all waste from our operations, we have a policy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our factories by 25% and we have certified sources for our products to ensure there is no deforestation, child labour and other forms of exploitation within our supply chain,” he explains.

“We are on track by March 2020 to have that fully in place in all our cocoa sourcing for the chocolate products, and fish sourcing for our pet food products,” he adds.

It’s in the zero-waste-to-landfill part of the sustainability project that the chocolate waste for fuel was developed. The company already recycles everything it can at its Dubai manufacturing plant, and incinerates everything that cannot be recycled, using advances scrubbers to eliminate greenhouse gases.

“We’ve put a lot of effort into turning chocolate waste into animal feed, into fertilizer and into fuel,” says Boniface Kimonyi, environment and sustainability officer, Mars GCC.

“We have pioneered here in Dubai the use of chocolate as fuel in one of the cement factories. This has been highlighted by the Dubai Municipality as an initiative that other food producers in the emirate should be pursuing,” he adds.

The MARS factory in JAFZA is also supplying UAE farms with irrigation water, because all water that is used on-site is treated by an in-house filtration plant back to irrigation standard.

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