• Staff writer

PEPSICO PROTECTS THE ENVIRONMENT

To celebrate World Environment Day held on 5 June, global food and beverage leader PepsiCo highlighted the strides it has made to minimise its environmental impact.

In South Africa, the company is planning to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030 at its production sites. To date, they have installed solar panels at ten production sites and they are planning to increase this by expanding onsite renewable technology and engaging with independent power producers to source renewable electricity.

PepsiCo is also on a journey to reduce waste within its direct operations, and reduce its GHG emissions. They are working to minimise the amount of waste they send to landfill and although this is a global commitment, they approach each site with a tailored approach that considers local infrastructure. They are committed to achieving 100% zero waste in landfills by 2025 and last year, this goal was achieved at three production facilities in Gauteng, KZN and the Western Cape by taking measures such as separating waste at source for easier recycling, replacing polystyrene packaging with re-usable crockery and cutlery in canteens, and composting food waste.

The company is also committed to reducing food waste and changing the way packaging is made, used and disposed of across its food system. Amongst other things, they include on-pack education about recycling and replace plastic straws on juice boxes with biodegradable paper straws.

www.ssa.pepsico.africa

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