Through our new Planet goals, we will 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 greenhouse gas, packaging and waste reduction. We also advanced innovations in packaging and sustainable agriculture, and improved performance in overall productivity and plant efficiency
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 4 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 will deliver 40% of the site’s electricity and reduce 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%.
We haven’t sent any manufacturing site waste to landfill for more than four years and we continue to reduce our site production waste too.
Our anaerobic digestion plant in Leicester will generate 40% of our site electricity and we’ll soon start offering our potato waste as a great crop fertiliser to local farmers.
We’re looking at innovative ways to eliminate packaging waste. For example, redesigning the packaging of Oat So Simple means we now use 30% less corrugated board in our cases.
In May 2017, we joined the Ellen Macarthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative as a Core Partner, where we are collaborating with a community of experts and innovators to create a more sustainable packaging ecosystem. One of the areas we are looking at is how we can make crisp packets 100% recyclable or recoverable.
We haven’t quite cracked this yet, but aren’t giving up. And we know to make progress, we’ll need to encourage everyone to recycle more and litter less.