As we strive to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 40 percent as part of our ambition to achieve net-zero emissions and help drive a Positive Value Chain, we are aiming to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity in our operations by 2030 and then by expanding to our franchise and third-party operations by 2040.
In 2020, PepsiCo achieved 100 percent renewable electricity for our U.S. direct operations, our largest market, accounting for nearly half of our total global electricity consumption. PepsiCo's 2020 shift to renewable electricity in the U.S. is expected to deliver a 20 percent reduction in company-wide direct operations (Scopes 1 and 2) greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions relative to a 2015 baseline. This represents a significant contribution to the company's goal of cutting GHG emissions by more than 40 percent by 2030 (against a 2015 baseline) — while pledging to achieve net-zero emissions by 2040.
With PepsiCo's scale, the transition to renewable electricity has the potential to reduce approximately 2.5 million metric tons of GHG emissions by 2040, the equivalent of taking more than half a million cars off the road for a full year.
Progress towards our goal is achieved in part by building new wind and solar installations at our plants and distribution centers, coordinated by local and sector teams. Additional renewable electricity is purchased through the grid where our facilities operate, an effort that combines global and sector sustainability teams, partnered with our global procurement function. To achieve 100 percent renewable electricity, PepsiCo has targeted a diversified portfolio of solutions. These include Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), which finance the development of new renewable electricity projects such as solar and wind farms, as well as renewable energy certificates (RECs) from existing wind or solar farms, which are credits certified by independent third parties that support existing green electricity generation from renewable sources. In 2020, PepsiCo's portfolio featured more RECs from existing wind and solar farms, then, by contracting PPAs, will gradually move toward more RECs from new wind and solar farms by 2025.
ProgressBy the end of 2020, PepsiCo achieved its goal to source 100% renewable electricity for its operations in the U.S. This milestone, paired with a further 30 countries in which we have on-site renewable generation or have contracted for renewable electricity, means that PepsiCo’s total renewable electricity was approximately 2,195 GWh in its operations in 2020, or 55% of its global operational electricity requirements. To date, we have achieved 100% renewable electricity in 15 markets, including the United States.
More than 400 solar panels help power the Quaker plant in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Installation of a single windmill at the Tropicana plant in Zeebrugge, Belgium will generate approximately 40% of that site’s total electricity consumption. In July 2021, a planned wind project in Texas came online, accounting for nearly 12% of our total U.S. electricity needs.
In order to meet our renewable energy commitment, we are proud to partner with leading energy experts, including:
- RE100: An initiative led by the Climate Group in partnership with CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project), to bring together the world's most influential companies committed to 100 percent renewable electricity.
- REBA (Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance): A membership association for large-scale energy buyers seeking to procure renewable energy across the U.S. This partnership will assist in achieving our Renewable goals.
- Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles: An initiative facilitated by the World Resources Institute and the World Wildlife Fund.
Advancing our net-zero climate goal and becoming pep+ (PepsiCo Positive) will require continued efforts to transition to renewable energy. In the United States, a renewable project in Nebraska is expected to break ground in 2021, and by the end of the year, 15 countries in PepsiCo’s direct operations will be powered by 100% renewable electricity. This means that more than 60% of all of the company’s direct global electricity needs will be met through renewable sources. Twelve countries in PepsiCo's Europe sector already source 100% renewable electricity.
This year, PepsiCo achieved 100% renewable electricity in Mexico and is working towards 100% renewable electricity in Australia.