PepsiCo strengthened its commitment to make its operations even more environmentally-friendly in its recently released 2009 sustainability report.
PepsiCo operates 100,000 distribution routes directly or through its own fleets or through those of its bottlers worldwide and continuously looks for ways to reduce emissions from its fleet.
The food and beverage company is working to reduce its carbon footprint and has committed to an absolute reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its global operations, reducing fuel-use intensity by 25 percent per unit of production by 2015, reducing GHG intensity for U.S. operations by 25 percent through its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders program, and improving its electricity use efficiency by 20 percent per unit of production by 2015.
In 2009, PepsiCo achieved a 13-percent reduction in per unit use of electricity in its beverage plants and a 6-percent reduction in its snack plants. There has been a significant reduction of fuel usage as well. In its international operations, the company realized an 18-percent reduction in fuel use per unit in its beverage operations, and an 8-percent reduction in its snack operations since 2006.
Most recently, the EPA awarded PepsiCo a 2010 ENERGY STAR "Sustained Excellence Award" in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.
According to the report, PepsiCo's global environmental strategy is guided by its Environmental Sustainability Leadership Team, which comprises senior executives who lead its businesses' supply chain, global procurement, compliance, sales and marketing, and R&D departments, among others. At the front line of its efforts are PepsiCo's sustainability teams at its business headquarters and local manufacturing facilities around the globe. Associate volunteers form "Green Teams" that operate at many facilities. Through the teams' actions, the company is able to continuously improve its programs and look for ways to scale the good ideas being implemented across its global business.