Mars partners with DHL to drive environmental supply chain benefits

Reducing UK logistics carbon footprint by 16% and growing warehousing capacity by over 50%

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Mars has announced a multi-year partnership with DHL. The landmark project will see the construction of two state of the art warehousing facilities and the creation of a world class logistics operation.

The new sites, based in the Midlands and East London, UK, represent an investment of £350.0 million and have been designed with sustainability at front of mind. The project will deliver in excess of 12,000 tonnes of annual CO2 savings – the equivalent of boiling 25.8 million kettles – reducing Mars’ logistics carbon footprint in the UK by 16.0%. The buildings themselves will be partially solar powered and rated in the top 1.0% of non-domestic buildings in UK environmentally.

Mars UK transport over 1.2 million pallets of their products every year – which, if you stack those pallets on top of each other, is the equivalent of shipping the height of Mount Everest every other day. The new logistics operation will remove 7.7% of current Mars transport from roads, equating to a million miles a year, or 8,547 times around the M25. All while increasing warehousing capacity by over 50.0%.

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The two purpose-built depots, ‘East Midlands Gateway’ and ‘London Thames Gateway’, will be operational in the spring of 2022 and 2023 respectively. The sites will have a combined size of over 92,900 m2 and they will both have state of the art high bay facilities which include innovative automated pallet storage.

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