PepsiCo UK are launching a series of innovations across their logisitics operations in a move to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by a total of 1200 tonnes per year once the innovations have been fully rolled out across the UK supply chain.
Starting from November, the company will be powering more than one million miles of truck journeys in the UK each year using used cooking oil. Working in collaboration with their haulage partner, Pollock Ltd, the Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) will be replacing diesel and will be used on trucks travelling between the Quaker Oat mill in Cupar and Leicester, where Walkers are produced. Each mile powdered by HVO will have 80% less GHG emissions compared with the conventional diesel, according to the company.
Since 2017, PepsiCo’s UK manufacturing sites have used 100% renewable electricity with waste from producing Walkers crisps being used to make animal feed and biofuel, as well as fuelling the anaerobic digestor, which generates 25% of electricity for the Leicester manufacturing site.
Along with the switch from diesel to HVO for particular trucks, the company is also introducing new electric vehicles to move 40,000 pallets holding the company’s crisps and snacks around the distribution centre in Leicester. The first of the electric yard vehicles was delivered earlier this month with plans to expand further in 2023.
The initiatives will help PepsiCo to meet their overall aim of reducing ongoing impact on the planet, it says, as part of PepsiCo Positive, a transformation programme which includes a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2040.
“Using alternative fuels across our manufacturing and logistics operation is one key component in our plan to reduce our emissions footprint. 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,” concluded Simon Devaney, Sustainability Director at PepsiCo UK & Ireland.
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