From introducing new farming initiatives to reusing and recycling materials in innovative ways, PepsiCo is working hard to reduce its environmental footprint around the globe. Below, check out seven ways that PepsiCo is delivering on its vision of Performance with Purpose
1. By providing safe-water access to six million people:
In 2015, PepsiCo announced it met its goal of forming partnerships that would provide six million people
around the world with access to safe water. The Guzmáns are one of the many families whose lives were forever changed when treated water flowed through their Colombian community for the very first time.
2. By developing innovative ways to reduce or repurpose solid waste:
Waste not: At one Brazilian Kero Coco plant, coconut husks, a waste by-product of the coconut water manufacturing process, are ground into nutrient-rich, water-saving mulch. This is scattered over soil at nearby coconut farms, reducing the amount of water needed for irrigation by almost 60%. Meanwhile, the culinary team at PepsiCo’s Valhalla (NY) campus has created a food-waste recycling program that converts food scraps into organic soil. Finally, in Turkey, PepsiCo helped develop an environmentally friendly fertilizer made out of recycled potato peels that aims to reduce chemicals used in fertilizers for potato production by 40%.
3. By hitting the road—and rails—with a greener delivery fleet:
Over a six-year period,* Frito-Lay North America reduced its diesel fuel usage by 23%. With one of the largest company-owned commercial delivery fleets of all-electric vehicles in the United States, Frito-Lay is also limiting its greenhouse gas emissions. On the beverage side, PepsiCo also uses the rails as a more efficient alternative to road vehicles across the United States to deliver Tropicana, Naked Juice, Gatorade, and Aquafina.
4. By using alternative energy sources to power product production:
Utilizing rice husks as an energy source to cook potato chips, PepsiCo’s snacks plant in Kolkata, India, has boosted its renewable energy use from 10% to 70% from 2009 to 2013. To fuel its steam-producing boiler that processes oats, the Quaker plant in Porto Alegre, Brazil, has turned to a renewable biomass—oat hulls—to reduce energy use by 41%.**
5. By supporting recycling programs and reducing waste around the globe:
Albina Ruiz, in collaboration with PepsiCo’s Waste to Wealth program in Latin America, created a recycling program that became a source of income for many in her Peruvian community. PepsiCo teamed up with news organization RYOT to create a virtual reality film that showcases her impact and premiered it at the SXSW Eco conference. Developing innovative ways to reuse materials has long been a PepsiCo focus—last year, 93% of the company's total waste was recycled or reused at its operations.
6. By introducing initiatives that take farming to new heights:
PepsiCo is collaborating on a project with industry and academic partners to help oat growers in the United Kingdom use innovative technology to improve age-old farming practices. Unmanned aerial systems (UAS) fly over oat fields, gathering data that farmers use to maximize oat production. Elsewhere, as part of its sustainable agriculture work around the world, PepsiCo is encouraging farmers to implement best practices, such as the installation of drip irrigation systems that get “more crop from every drop."
7. By recognizing there is much more to be done:
PepsiCo launched howwillwe.com to spark conversation about today’s global challenges, share progress that is being made, and encourage people to get involved.
The above highlights are just a slice of PepsiCo’s many environmental initiatives. See additional ways the company is working to deliver Performance with Purpose here.