PepsiCo Australia has effectively converted to 100 per cent renewable electricity across all of its operations.
Focusing on reducing global emissions, this initiative helps PepsiCo limit the amount of CO2 added into the environment – around 26,000 tones per year – and goes some way in helping the business hit its target to achieve net-zero emissions globally by 2040.
PepsiCo manufactures Smiths chips, Doritos, Red Rock Deli, Twisties and Grain Waves in Australia, including at Regency Park in SA, Tingalpa in Queensland and Forrestfield in WA which are now powered by a mixture of solar and wind energy sources. The achievement does not include manufacturing of beverages which are undertaken by the brand’s local partner Asahi Beverages.
As one of the global business’ first 15 markets globally to switch to 100 per cent renewable electricity, PepsiCo Australia is now seeking sustainable solutions such as converting organic waste into bio-methane, converting its fleet to EV or hydrogen and decarbonising its snack manufacturing processes.
The company has teamed up with Engie and the Northam Solar Farm – developed by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA) and Bookitja – to get Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) that support a range of wind and solar farms across Australia.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing concerns facing our global food system and we’re committed to working across our value chain to reduce emissions,” said Danny Celoni, CEO of PepsiCo Australia and New Zealand.
“The move to renewable electricity is positive for our business and for the local economy. We are pleased to support sustainable initiatives that create local jobs and proud to partner with IBA and Bookitja through the Northam Solar Farm, which aims to provide a sustainable economic base for future generations of Whadjuk people”.
PepsiCo is also a member of Re100, a global renewable energy initiative led by The Climate Group and CDP to make a commitment to renewable energy as a large business.
“Companies that join Re100 pledge to go 100 per cent renewable with their electricity use by a set date,” added Jon Dee, Re100 Australia coordinator
“Here in Australia, PepsiCo is one of 110 major companies that have joined Re100. By successfully completing their transition to 100 per cent renewable electricity, PepsiCo has demonstrated a high level of commitment to sustainability and it’s set a positive example for other companies to follow.”