PepsiCo UK announced today a series of new logistics innovations that, when fully implemented, will result in a 1,200-tonne reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across its UK supply chain.
Starting this month, the company will use used cooking oil to power over one million miles of truck journeys in the UK each year. The Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (HVO) will be used on trucks travelling between Cupar and Leicester in collaboration with PepsiCo’s haulage partner, Pollock (Scotrans).
PepsiCo is introducing new electric vehicles to move the 40,000 pallets around its distribution centre in Leicester, in addition to switching from diesel to HVO for certain trucks. The first electric yard vehicle in the fleet was delivered earlier this month, with plans to expand further in 2023.
Taken together, these initiatives will assist PepsiCo UK in meeting its goal of reducing the ongoing environmental impact of its journeys, including its 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.” said Simon Devaney, Sustainability Director, PepsiCo UK & Ireland.