Through our Planet goals, we work to reduce our environmental impact while growing our business and helping to meet the food, beverage and natural resource needs of our changing world.
PepsiCo anticipated the need to take environmental stewardship to a whole new level at the start of the new millennium, recognising that environmental sustainability is a core component of sustainable performance.
We began to put in place the systems, processes and metrics needed to drive continuous improvement in energy and water conservation as well as packaging, greenhouse gas and waste reduction. We also advanced sustainable agriculture, and improved performance in overall productivity and plant efficiency.
We have not sent any manufacturing site waste to landfill for more than six years and we continue to reduce our site production waste too.
Our anaerobic digestion plant in Leicester generates 40% of our site electricity and we offer our potato waste as a great crop fertiliser to local farmers.
We are committed to achieving 100% recyclable, compostable or biodegradable packaging by 2025.
To do this, we have a number of initiatives in place to reduce the amount of packaging we use. At the same time, we are examining the use of different packaging materials, both plant and paper based, with trials taking place in the U.S, Chile and India.
We don’t have all the answers yet, which is why we are also collaborating with a number of leaders in this area to learn and share the latest science and practical solutions.
In May 2017, we joined the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative as a Core Partner, where we are working with a community of experts and innovators to create a more sustainable packaging value chain.
In April 2018, we also joined the UK Plastics Pact, led by sustainability experts, WRAP. It brings together businesses from across the entire plastics value chain with the UK government and NGOs to help tackle plastic pollution.
While we search for sustainable packaging solutions, we aim to minimise the potential environmental impact of existing materials by supporting a number of organisations on programmes tackling littering. This includes Leeds By Example, an initiative developed by Hubbub and Ecosurety, which will pilot local initiatives to improve recycling rates outside of the home.
You can find more information about the work PepsiCo is doing to advance sustainability in its markets across the world here.
Whether its oats for Quaker, potatoes for Walkers, or apples for Copella PepsiCo depends on agriculture across our food and drinks business in the UK. The majority of our raw materials come directly from agriculture.
Through our Sustainable Farming Initiative and other long-standing agricultural programs, we work with our growers to reduce their impact and adapt to climate change by providing them with tools in the field to help with changing weather patterns, track water use, reduce carbon, and improve their yield.
In the UK we have achieved our ambitious environmental targets with our growers. We’ve made great progress on our ‘50 in 5’ goal – to halve our carbon footprint and water usage in water stressed areas over a five year period. To find out more about ’50 in 5’ click here.
With the University of Aberdeen, we co-funded the award-winning Cool Farm Tool, allowing growers to identify, measure and ultimately cut their greenhouse gas emissions. Alongside Cambridge University Farms we developed i-crop, an innovative system of sensors which measure soil moisture. I-crop means it’s much easier to know where to water and when.
At PepsiCo, we are working to improve our energy use efficiency in order to reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our operations, conserve fuel and reduce our cost.
Distribution of our goods
We've focused on increasing the efficiency of our fleet and improving our distribution and logistics functions. Through collaboration with our retail customers and suppliers, plus investment in new fuel technology and efficiencies, we’ve achieved significant reductions in the emissions generated from transporting raw materials and products.
Our logistics fleet has reduced travel by four million miles since 2010 by introducing shared distribution routes with our retail partners, longer trailers to our fleet, and reducing the distance between site production and customer distribution.
We are utilizing alternative energy sources that are helping reduce our reliance on traditional energy sources. These efforts are reducing our environmental impact as we continue to work towards being fossil fuel free in manufacturing and distribution.
Around 20% of our UK site electricity now comes from renewable sources. Boxford was our first facility to generate onsite renewable energy, when 600 solar panels were installed in 2014. We now also have a wind turbine at Skelmersdale which delivers 25% of the site’s electricity, as well as an anaerobic digestion plant at Leicester, which delivers 40% of the site’s electricity and reduces its carbon footprint by nearly 13%.
Applying best practices on site
PepsiCo’s Resource Conservation (ReCon) programme enables manufacturing sites to monitor water, waste and energy usage and identify areas for improvement.
Thanks to ReCon, our manufacturing sites are now using less water and energy in absolute terms despite a rise in production. Specifically, since 2010 we’ve reduced water and energy usage from production by approximately 16%