, MACHAKOS, Kenya, Feb 18 – The newly built Mars Wrigley Confectionery factory in Machakos County has been recognized for adopting green building strategies and practices in its design and construction.
The certification by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – a global green building rating system – recognizes organizations promoting sustainability in building design, construction, and operation.
“We are glad to have included many green initiatives in the design and construction of our new facility in Kenya. Just like the U.S. Green Building Council, we are keen to promote better, healthier spaces for people to work,” said Wanja Mwangi, the company’s Corporate Affairs Director for the Developing Middle East and Africa market.
To receive LEED Certification, projects pursue credits that earn points based on their green building strategies and practices and after a rigorous review process, the projects are awarded a certification level based on the number of points earned.
The Sh7 billion Mars Wrigley Confectionery factory in Kenya was awarded 62 points earning it LEED GOLD certification status.
The factory has been awarded for its efforts in reducing the impact on the environment by including a biomass boiler, highly efficient utility equipment, wastewater treatment plant, the use of skylights and more windows to allow the site to operate during the daylight hours with very few electric lights.
Additionally, the new factory has bicycle racks and showering facilities, as well as preferential parking locations for carpool and fuel-efficient vehicles to encourage alternative forms of transportation to the site.
“Through our global sustainability agenda dubbed ‘Sustainable in a Generation,’ Mars Incorporated looks to secure positive impacts for business, people, and the planet. The company aims to cut all fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from our operations by 2040. This includes development of long-term water and waste targets to support this goal.” Added Mwangi.
The new factory, which is constructed on a 20-acre piece of land in Athi River will replace the company’s old plant located in Nairobi’s Industrial Area.
Its construction began in 2015 with the official opening scheduled to take place this year.
The company’s investment in a new facility was driven by the need to meet growing demand for the firm’s products in Africa, while improving capacity and technology.
It is expected to serve a growing market that includes Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Djibouti, DRC and South Sudan.
Some of its local popular brands include Big G, PK, Doublemint, Juicy Fruit, Skittles and Orbit among others.