Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - March 29, 2021
Frito-Lay cuts fleet GHG emissions in half, reduces diesel in Calif.
Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, Inc., announced progress in the transformation of its Modesto, Calif. manufacturing site, reducing absolute GHG emissions of its fleet by more than half (53%) and lowering fleet diesel usage by 78%.
The 500,000 square foot site has also converted to 100% renewable electricity for direct operations through a combination of on-site generation and RECS, partly as a result of PepsiCo’s achieving 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. in January 2021.
"Frito-Lay and PepsiCo are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact, especially in the more than 200 communities where we operate," said Steve Hanson, senior director, fleet operations, engineering and sustainability for Frito-Lay, in a statement. "We anticipate overall absolute GHG emissions will be reduced by 5,480 metric tons annually and diesel usage will be eliminated entirely from the Modesto fleet operations when fully implemented, the equivalent of removing nearly 13 million miles driven by passenger cars."
Frito-Lay has replaced all existing diesel-powered fleet equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies at the Modesto facility. The equipment and infrastructure at the site include 60 tractors, box trucks, yard trucks, or forklifts powered by electric, lithium-ion technologies, or natural gas with renewable attributes. Another 15 electric tractors will be added later this year. Infrastructure to support the project incorporates an adjacent natural gas station with renewable characteristics, solar carports, battery storage, truck charging systems, and employee electric vehicle charging stations.
The $30.8M project comes from a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD). It received a grant from California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment, particularly in disadvantaged communities.