Mondelēz International Malaysia has partnered with NEFIN Group, a carbon neutrality solutions provider, to install solar panels on the roof of its manufacturing plants in Shah Alam and Prai, Pulau Pinang.
The move aims to hasten Mondelēz’s sustainability initiatives by reducing the snacks giant’s environmental impact through renewable energy.
The two solar panel installation projects with the NEFIN Group, follows on the heels of a successful deployment at Mondelēz’s manufacturing plant in Lad Krabang, Thailand.
"We have transparent sustainability goals to achieve by 2025, and we are committed to scaling up our sustainability efforts to deliver meaningful change. This partnership with NEFIN is progress towards our goal of creating a sustainable future for snacking and will help us reduce our end-to-end absolute CO2 emissions,” said Narmeen Khan, managing director for Malaysia and Singapore, Mondelēz International.
The facility Shah Alam produces the Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate while the one in Prai produces biscuits and salty snacks such as Twisties, Jacob’s and Chipsmore.
With operations in more than 150 countries, Mondelēz’s two is paving the way to a new more sustainable future, by creating snacks the right way for both people and the planet to love. In Malaysia, it owns two manufacturing plants – a chocolate plant in Shah Alam manufacturing Cadbury Dairy Milk, and biscuits and salty snacks plant in Prai manufacturing Twisties, Jacob's, and Chipsmore.
The installation of 1,266 solar panels at the Shah Alam plant and 1,754 solar panels in Prai aims to offset 29,000 tons of CO2 over the next 25 years, equivalent to planting around 146,800 trees. Accumulatively, the plants are estimated to produce 1.8 million kWh of energy in the first year alone, with the company potentially saving up to RM11.18 million over the 25 years period.
In addition to their energy-saving initiatives, Mondelēz International Malaysia is a founding member of the Malaysia Recycling Alliance (MAREA), which collectively pledged to recycle a minimum of 25% of their members' packaging volumes by 2025.
Moreover, through its manufacturing plants in Malaysia, Mondelēz has reduced its water consumption by 18.6% and waste by 11.3% in 2021 over the previous year.
For multinational companies with a presence across the Asia Pacific region, NEFIN's broad network of local partners across the region is positioned to simplify the process of delivering solutions across borders.
This has contributed to their success in delivering over 3,000MW of utility-scale, commercial, and industrial rooftop solar systems regionally in its combined portfolio, according to NEFIN Group.
"We are working closely with Mondelēz to achieve sustainability in their manufacturing plants, and talks for other similar projects in Southeast Asia are under way," said Chong Bor Hung, head of business development and managing director - Malaysia, NEFIN Group.