Environmental Sustainability

Minimising our impact on the environment throughout our operations and supply chain.

Successful businesses in the 21st century will be those that reduce their environmental impact, exchange knowledge and ideas with others and have the expertise to adapt to a changing world. Since 2008, we have reported progress against a series of ambitious targets to help achieve our global goals on Environmental Sustainability, deliver our UK approach and support the financial performance of our business. A number of the Key Performance Indicators that underpin the targets have been independently audited by Deloitte and can be found here.

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Our Path to Zero approach in the UK is based on a number of initiatives:

Going Fossil Fuel Free - we want to make our UK operations and manufacturing fossil fuel free by 2023

Decoupling economic growth from increasing carbon emissions means moving away from our dependence on fossil fuels. We continue to work towards cutting our carbon footprint by reducing energy use in our manufacturing operations, exploring renewable alternatives to fossil fuel, improving the efficiency of our fleet and working with suppliers to help them manage and reduce their energy use and GHG emissions. We have identified potential on-site renewable energy projects that could deliver as much as 60% of our total manufacturing energy requirements.

Being Passionate About Growing - reducing the water and carbon impacts of our key crops

We need a sustainable, successful agriculture sector to deliver the high quality raw materials for our key ingredients – from apples to oats and potatoes. Our 50 in 5 programme reflects our commitment to helping the sector manage a range of economic and environmental challenges - food security, climate change, water scarcity and biodiversity. Established in 2010, the programme challenges us and our growers to deliver a 50% reduction in carbon and water usage in water stressed areas to grow our key crops over a five year period (by the end of 2015).

Caring About Water - taking our factories off the water grid by 2018 and achieving a positive water impact

At our sites we have made progress in water reduction following the installation of state-of-the-art recycling systems. With our growers, we have partnered with leading Universities and other organisations to develop pioneering yet practical technologies to help them manage their use of resources. From the i-crop™ web-based, 'precision farming' tool designed to produce more by using less water and less energy to the Cool Farm Tool which measures on-farm carbon emissions and drip irrigation technology trials – we are helping our growers get more crop for every drop.

Designing for Green - making Walkers and Quaker packaging renewable, recyclable or biodegradable by 2018 We continually look for alternative, more sustainable packaging materials that also maintain customer appeal and affordability. Our R&D Environmental Team is also piloting a programme, ‘Sustainable from the Start’, to assess environmental characteristics of product innovations right from the design stage.

Collaborative Leadership - working with others to share ideas and innovation that will achieve our goals and maximise our positive impact

The success of our business is subject to a wide range of external factors including climate shocks, crop shortages, changing consumer preferences, new scientific developments and public policy and regulation. In 2013 PepsiCo in the UK became one of the first signatories of the Soft Drinks Sustainability Roadmap. The initiative was developed by the Government Department for the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs in partnership with the soft drinks industry, trade associations and WRAP to help reduce the 4.5 million tonnes of greenhouse gases a year associated with the industry. The roadmap covers the entire soft drinks production process, from sourcing ingredients to the recycling of bottles and cartons. We are also working with Forum for the Future and like-minded companies to find innovative solutions to develop a “net positive” framework. This includes identifying existing programmes that are already achieving net positive impacts with scope for expansion.

We continually seek to lead by example in our own operations, in our partnerships throughout the supply chain and in reducing collective impact and playing an active role in groups that are delivering positive change.

Our Path to Zero commitment outlines how we will radically reduce our impact on the environment.