Furthering PepsiCo’s mission to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2030, Frito-Lay aims to replace all of its existing diesel-powered freight equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies at its Modesto, Calif. manufacturing site. The Modesto Zero- and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facility Project will transform the 500,000-square-foot site into an industry-leading showcase for environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
Expected to be completed in 2021, the $30.8 million Modesto project will integrate an array of commercially available and pre-commercial ZE and NZE technologies in numerous applications, among them fleet vehicles and supporting infrastructure. The project will also contribute to industry knowledge of the emerging technologies by funding data collection and reporting of the project results. The plans related to greening the fleet will include 38 Volvo trucks fueled with ultra-low carbon renewable natural gas and publicly accessible American Natural Gas (ANG) renewable natural gas fueling station.
The project is a first-of-its-kind for PepsiCo and Frito-Lay and is part of 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. CCI funding is awarded by several state agencies including the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
“Frito-Lay is continuously looking for ways to reduce our environmental impact,” said Michael O’Connell, vice president of supply chain, PepsiCo. “The Modesto project is indicative of our commitment to sustainable business practices that lead to innovation, increased productivity, operational excellence and business growth. We are grateful for the support of San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, CARB and CCI in making this important project happen. We hope this work will become an operating model for all of our facilities across the U.S., and that we act as the catalyst to accelerate adoption of alternative fuel vehicles across the industry.”
The project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), which received a grant from CCI – matched by investments from Frito-Lay and ANG, as well as in-kind contributions from Café Coop – to support the Modesto sustainability initiative.
Frito-Lay, which has a rich history of sustainability in its manufacturing and distribution operations, has delivered products for over 300 million miles with alternative fuel trucks to-date, ad is eager to further advance its sustainability efforts with this at-scale initiative.