Sustainability, Energy Transition, ESG | Weekly Thematic

Chocolatewashing – What benefit does new Mars wrapper bring?
May 31, 2023
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Companies Mentioned:
Mars, Dow, Siggi’s, Danimer Scientific, Trinseo, LyondellBasell, Shell, TotalEnergies, Repsol, Constellation, Avantium, NEOM, Aramco, CF Industries, LanzaTech, Origin Materials, Trinseo, RWDC, Toray Industries, Mitsui Chemicals, Kumagai, Changsu Industrial, Bluepha, ExxonMobil, Chevron

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Chocolatewashing – What benefit does new Mars wrapper bring?

  • A story picked up by the BBC discusses Mars trialing paper wrappers for the Mars Bar in the UK; the claims of carbon neutrality concern more than the waste claims.
  • This is likely a public pressure move, with the path of least resistance being to use an inferior and more costly (life cycle) option versus better public education.
  • So many proposed solutions to climate change and circularity will make things worse but there is no focused bipartisan effort to educate – so dumb stuff happens.
  • Another potential to waste a lot of money because of the wrong focus is Hydrogen, which needs both costs and demand to work, and is not a magic bullet.
  • Otherwise, we look at misleading carbon capture messaging, the cost of doing solar in the US, more ESG fighting with the oil companies, and the weather.

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