Delivering top-tier performance while minimizing our impact on the planet
Helping to create a healthier relationship between people and food includes protecting the environment and finding sustainable ways to produce more food.
PepsiCo's growth and success depends on the availability of the natural resources needed to make our products. Agriculture uses the vast majority of the world's available fresh water at the same time that water availability is becoming increasingly limited. As the world's population grows, the demand for water and energy will also increase. Leading global organizations expect that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will also increase in the coming years, further accelerating climate change and putting crops at potential increased risk.
PepsiCo will continue to work to reduce our impact on the planet by:
- Reducing, reusing, and reinventing our plastic packaging
- Protecting and conserving global water supplies, especially in water-stressed areas, and helping to provide access to safe water in the communities where we live and work
- Working to achieve an absolute reduction in GHG emissions across our global business
- Supporting sustainable agriculture by identifying and sharing best practices with our growers and suppliers while protecting human rights
- Working to reduce the solid waste our production facilities sent to landfills.
For years, we have focused on finding ways to reduce our environmental footprint in water, packaging, waste, energy and agriculture – areas that are critical to our business and where we believe we can make the biggest impact. Between 2011 and 2015, our water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives delivered more than $600 million in cost savings for our businesses, while reducing our impact on the environment.
We were one of the first global companies to publicly recognize water as a basic human right and were honored with the Stockholm International Water Institute's Industry Water Award for our water stewardship in 2012. We continue to improve our water-use efficiency across our manufacturing operations, while the PepsiCo Foundation has helped provide access to safe water to more than 16 million people since 2006.
While we have advanced our packaging design to be increasingly sustainable, we are also focused on collaborating with associations and governments, and participating in cross-sector partnerships that support long-term recycling solutions. This includes our goal of making 25 percent of our packaging from recycled content by 2025, with a target of 33 percent in our beverage bottles. Our aim of reducing waste also applies to our production facilities, where we have made significant progress in recycling and reusing waste. We removed nearly 100 million pounds of packaging material from the market in 2015 compared with the prior year, and continued to reduce the amount of waste we sent to landfills.
We are focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in our operations across our value chain. We have made progress in decoupling the growth of our production volume from our greenhouse gas emissions, both within our own four walls and across our supply chain. For example, our Frito-Lay North America Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fleet drove 63 million miles in 2017, and has driven over 211 million miles life-to-date. And in our effort to continuously explore emerging technologies that will position us for the future, in December 2017, we made an initial reservation for 100 all-electric semi-trucks from Tesla.
Using what we have already learned from engaging more than 35,000 growers in our supply chain, we are expanding our efforts to share best practices for sustainable agriculture with our communities.
We aim to continue to promote environmental stewardship across our supply chain and in the communities where we work, while working to improve the efficiency of our manufacturing operations. We aim to leverage our size, influence, resources and relationships, to help accelerate sustainable practices in the years ahead, and working with partners we aim to help advance global frameworks such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
See below for examples on ways that we have been producing more food with reduced environmental impact:
PepsiCo partnered with the NFL, U.S. Bank Stadium, Aramark, SMG and the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority to recycle, compost and recover 91% of stadium waste from the 2018 Super Bowl. Watch the wrap-up video.
By the end of 2017, nearly 80 percent of our crops sourced directly were from farmers that had been engaged through PepsiCo’s Sustainable Farming Program. We provide education on field agronomy, fertilizers, irrigation, plant protection techniques and new technologies, helping farmers adapt best practices to fit the crop and local circumstances.
In 2017, we scaled up our water recharge projects in India to cover additional plant sites, creating a total recharge potential of more than five billion liters with average rainfall across seven states, impacting more than 60,000 people.
In 2016 our Curitiba, Brazil plant achieved zero waste to landfill in 8 months. See how they did it.
We launched a number of initiatives to reduce the amount of plastics we use, help develop programs to recycle and reuse the plastics we produce, and reinvent our plastic packaging.We're working to unlock potential from plant waste around the globe as we strive to reduce, and help develop programs to reuse and recycle more waste from our direct operations Check out how.