PepsiCo Reports Making Big Strides Toward Green Goals

PepsiCo Reports Making Big Strides Toward Green Goals

PepsiCo, the corporate parent of Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Quaker foods, Tropicana and the soda that is its namesake, said yesterday it’s making strong progress toward its environmental goals.

In September, PepsiCo was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for a second time and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for a the third time.  

The global index singles out the firms that are considered leaders in environmental responsibility among the top 10 percent of the world’s leading 2,500 companies. The North American index singles out the leading eco-friendly firms among the largest 600 on the continent.

PepsiCo said it is working to reduce water and electricity consumption each by 20 percent and fuel consumption by 25 percent per unit of production by 2015 compared to the baseline year of 2006.

PepsiCo said yesterday that it saved almost 1.5 billion gallons of water worldwide in 2007 compared to 2006. The firm credited new technology including a proprietary air-rinse for beverage bottles, information sharing and employee initiatives for the reduction.

The firm said its Tropicana facility in Bradenton, Fla., converted its juice storage system from an ultra-low temperature freezer system to cool refrigeration that preserves the juice's freshness without freezing it. The switch saved the equivalent of electricity needed to power over 7,000 houses. At the Quaker facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, a new milling process slashed energy use by three million kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

And in fuel savings, the Frito-Lay plant in Modesto, Calif., went live with a solar concentrator field made of large curved mirrors that move with the position of the sun. The company uses steam created by the solar system to heat the cooking oil used to make SunChips.

Elsewhere in the U.S., there are two PepsiCo manufacturing facilities that use landfill gas. At several facilities in India, PepsiCo uses local biomass material to run plants more efficiently. Frito-Lay is installing a new biomass boiler in Topeka, Kan.,which is to use wood waste for fuel. And in Mexico, the Sabritas business conserved enough fuel in one year to serve 3,400 homes.

PepsiCo details its environmental sustainability and general sustainability programs on its website.