In order to push the company’s way to more sustainability building Mars’ “world-class” logistics operation set , Mars UK has opened a new modern warehouse facility in cooperation with DHL.
According to the company, the new facility London Thames Gateway reaches 42 meters (nearly 138 feet) of height and costed £350 million (nearly $445.9 million USD).
Mars UK invested £350 million (nearly $445.9 million USD) in the project. The facility, called London Thames Gateway, reaches 42 meters (nearly 138 feet) in height, making it one of the tallest distribution centers in Europe, according to Mars UK.
The new London Thames Gateway needs around 30% less energy and will reduce the company’s carbon footprint in logistics by 7.7%. Furthermore, the new location contains 3,700 solar panels producing 27% of the needed power. It has also reached BREEAM Outstanding accreditation. Because its “strong transport links,” Mars UK can reduce one million miles of transport per year by modernizing inbound and outbound distribution.
“Today is a major milestone for Mars UK’s logistics operations and a meaningful step in our sustainability journey,” stated Adam Grant, general manager at Mars Wrigley UK. “Over the past few years, our partnership with DHL has seen the completion of two pioneering facilities. Not only does this futureproof our distribution practices, it also puts into action Mars’ aim to create a world-class logistics operation that is sustainable, smart and agile.”
The new facility is added to another sustainable logistics facility of Mars UK Midlands Gateway. Both facilities are part of the company’s $1 billion Sustainable in a Generation plan intending to minimize gas emissions (GHG) by 27% by 2025 and to reach net zero emissions by 2050.
The logistics facilities will increase Mars UK’s warehousing capacity by more than 50% for its Petcare, Wrigley and Chocolate divisions. Mars UK currently transports more than 1.2 million pallets of products a year, including those from its Whiskas® and Pedigree® pet nutrition brands.
The new facilities mean an increase of capacity by over 50% mainly for its Petcare, Wrigley and Chocolate sections. The company distributes over 1.2 million pallets per year.
Overall, the new logistics centres also contribute to DHL’s aim reaching net-zero logistics related emissions by 2050.
“This project with Mars UK further solidifies our belief that working with partners whose business and sustainability targets align with your own allows you to achieve the best results,” said Saul Resnick, CEO of DHL Supply Chain United Kingdom and Ireland. “This partnership does exactly that — it represents a great example for others of how businesses can work together to reduce carbon footprint and create a more sustainable future. We look forward to continuing our partnership with Mars UK and supporting the company’s growth in the years to come.”