Frito-Lay Cuts Fleet Absolute Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in Half and Cuts Diesel Consumption by 78% at California Production Site

The implementation of ZE and NZE technologies over the past year has had a lasting impact – reducing the Modest absolute GHG emissions from the site fleet by more than half (53%), or 2,790 metric tons of absolute GHG emissions, as well as a reduction in fleet diesel use by 78%. The site has also been able to convert to 100% renewable electricity for direct operations at the Modest site through a combination of renewable electricity certificates and on-site generation, in part because PepsiCo achieved 100% renewable electricity in the United States in January 2021.

“Frito-Lay and PepsiCo are dedicated to reducing our environmental impact, especially in the more than 200 communities where we operate,” said Steve Hansson, senior manager, fleet operations, engineering and sustainability for Frito-Lay. “We project that absolute global GHG emissions will be reduced by 5,480 metric tons per year and that diesel use will be entirely eliminated from the Modest fleet operations when fully implemented, the equivalent of eliminating nearly 13 million passenger car miles. »

To date, the equipment and infrastructure in place at the site includes nearly 60 tractors, box trucks, construction trucks or forklifts powered by electric, lithium-ion or natural gas technologies with renewable attributes, the remaining 15 electric tractors to be deployed later this year. year. Infrastructure to support the project includes an adjacent natural gas station with renewable attributes, as well as solar carports, battery storage, truck charging systems and electric vehicle charging stations for employees .

The $30.8 million The project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), which received a grant from California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars at work to reduce GHG emissions, strengthen the economy, and improve public health and the environment, especially in disadvantaged communities. CCI funding is provided by several state agencies, including the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The grant is complemented by investments from Frito-Lay and American Natural Gas (ANG), a Beyond6 company, as well as in-kind contributions from Café Coop – to support the Modest sustainability initiative.

“We applaud the progress Frito-Lay has made so far with its Modest site project, despite the current landscape implications with the pandemic,” said Sydney-Vergis, head of CARB’s Mobile Source Control Division. “This project is so important to the Valley because it will improve air quality and reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions. It also aligns with CCI’s mission, putting cap and trade dollars back in communities to improve health, promote economic development and respond to climate change.”

Contributors to the ZE and NZE project in Modest includes: ENG; BYD Motors LLC; Cafe Co-op; CALSTART; University of California, Riverside CE-CERT; Charging point ; Crown; Deserved; Peterbilt; Clean Air Project; SJVAPCD; Tesla and Volvo Trucks.

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About Frito-Lay
Frito-Lay is the $18 billion convenient food division of PepsiCo, Inc. (NASDAQ: PEP), headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay on the company’s website,, and on Twitter

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than a billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $70 billion net sales in 2020, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Leading PepsiCo is our vision to be the global leader in convenient food and beverage by winning with purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of our business strategy and brands. For more information, visit

About the California Air Resources Board (CARB)
CARB is the lead agency in California to clean the air and fight climate change to achieve and maintain health-based air quality standards. Its mission is to promote and protect public health, well-being and ecological resources through the effective reduction of air and climate pollutants while recognizing and considering the effects on the economy.

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