PepsiCo UK has introduced a number of new logistics innovations with which it will seek to save 1,200 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year, in collaboration with transportation partner, Pollock (Scotrans) Ltd.
The initiatives are expected to be fully functional by the end of 2023, the company said.
Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
PepsiCo will power one million miles of truck journeys each year with used Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) cooking oil, for journeys between its Quaker Oat mill in Cupar and Leicester.
HVO will replace diesel in 3,000 journeys each year, which will produce 80% less GHG emissions, the group said in a statement.
The manufacturer has used 100% renewable electricity since 2017, reusing waste from Walkers production for animal feed and biofuel.
This waste has also been reused to fuel the company’s anaerobic digester, which produces 25% of electricity for the Leicester facility.
PepsiCo also introduced electric vehicles to transport 40,000 pallets of crisps and snacks brand Walkers at the beginning of the year, from Pepsico’s distribution centre in Leicester.
Last year, the company finished a £14 million transformation of its Leicester facility to increase storage capacity, which reduced road transportation by 300,000 kilometres.
These initiatives are part of PepsiCo Positive transformation programme, which aims to reach net zero emissions by 2040.
Reduce Emissions Footprint
“Using alternative fuels across our manufacturing and logistics operation is one key component in our plan to reduce our emissions footprint," said Simon Devaney, Sustainability Director at PepsiCo UK and Ireland.
"The work in this area is never done, and we’re constantly exploring every possible solution to reduce our impact on the planet. These initiatives have huge potential, and we look forward to expanding the use of lower-emission transport solutions across our UK operations."