Dr Pepper to Upgrade 60K Vending Machines for Energy Efficiency

Dr Pepper to Upgrade 60K Vending Machines for Energy Efficiency

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Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) plans to replace 60,000 of its vending machines and coolers Energy Star-rated models that are 30 percent more efficient, a move that will save $7.6 million in electrical costs.

DPS's vending machine plan is one of many go als for 2015 that it laid out in its first corporate social responsibility report since becoming a public company in 2008.

In Sustainability in Action, DPS says that, compared to 2009, it wants to:

* Improve manufacturing energy efficiency and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 10 percent

* Increase product shipments per gallon of fuel used by 20 percent

* Reduce the ratio of water used and wastewater discharged by 10 percent

* Recycle 80 percent of solid waste created from manufacturing

* Cut out 60 million pounds of PET plastic by changing packaging and using post-consumer recycled plastic

To reduce fuel consumption, DPS has been using software that develops short, efficient delivery routes that help avoid idling in heavy traffic, at stoplights and when making left turns. DPS has also buying new vehicles if they include speed limiters and idle shutdown systems. 

This summer, DPS will be opening a production plant in Victorville, Calif., part of its plan to have manufacturing and distribution operations in key regions to avoid lengthy transportation routes. By manufacturing in the west instead of trucking in product from the Northeast, DPS is eliminating 9 million transportation miles a year.

For reducing water, DPS uses de-ionized air instead of water to rinse containers, cutting down water use by 10,000 gallon a day.

On the packaging front, the company has a broad range of light weighting projects underway. The one-gallon Hawaiian Punch bottle, for example, is not 19 percent lighter, and Snapple bottle caps no longer have plastic bands around them. Since 2007, DPS has cut out 8.5 million pounds of plastic from its packaging, and once all of its new packaging plans are in effect, the company will be uses 12 million fewer pounds of PET plastic a year.

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