16/05/2017 – News / PepsiCo / Global Warming / Low-Carbon Economy / Sustainablilty
PepsiCo commits to reducing GHG emissions by at least 20% by 2030
PepsiCo has committed to work to reduce absolute GHG emissions across its value chain by at least 20 per cent by 2030 – a target verified and approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative as being in line with what climate science says is necessary to keep global warming below two degrees Celsius.
Under its ‘Performance with Purpose’ vision, PepsiCo has already had significant success in limiting its GHG emissions. Between 2006 and 2015, it achieved an 18-per-cent improvement in the energy efficiency of its legacy operations. It also extended its use of renewable energy and introduced fuel-efficient vehicles, as well as vending machines and coolers free of hydrofluorocarbons.
Set in 2016 as part its broader 2025 Agenda, the new climate goal takes into account PepsiCo's direct operations, owned-fleet fuel use and purchased electricity, which account for approximately seven per cent of the company's total carbon footprint. Importantly, however, the goal also includes the 93 per cent of PepsiCo's carbon footprint that emanates from sources outside PepsiCo direct operations, such as farming, packaging, third-party transportation and consumer use of its products.
The Science Based Targets Initiative
To date, 44 companies worldwide have had their climate targets validated by the Science Based Targets Initiative, a partnership between CDP, the World Resources Institute, the World Wide Fund for Nature and the UN Global Compact, with over 200 more companies awaiting validation.
The Science Based Targets Initiative champions science-based target-setting as a powerful way of boosting companies’ competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.”
“The Paris Climate Agreement that entered into force in April 2016 set out the obligation for collective action to limit the impact of climate change,” said Dr Mehmood Khan, PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer, Global Research and Development. “We believe combating climate change is critical to the future of our company, our customers, consumers and our world. Our new target represents a meaningful and measurable contribution to meeting the two-degree global goal. Such rigour is now a requirement of any responsible business.”
Decarbonising the value chain
Cynthia Cummis, Director of Private Sector Climate Mitigation at the World Resources Institute and a member of the Science Based Targets Initiative Steering Committee, said: “The threat of climate change calls for governments and businesses to commit to science-based action. We congratulate PepsiCo on their science-based target. By seeking to decarbonise its value chain, the company is showing leadership within the food and agriculture sector, and strengthening its competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy."
PepsiCo will work to reduce its GHG emissions by increasing energy efficiency and transitioning to renewables in its manufacturing operations where feasible; working with suppliers to reduce their GHG impacts; exploring less GHG-intensive packaging materials; and helping direct farmers in an effort reduce GHG emissions in the field through global programmes such as the PepsiCo Sustainable Farming Initiative.
Among new actions already underway, PepsiCo has joined the Business Renewables Center at the Rocky Mountain Institute and signed on to the Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, which were developed by leading NGOs and set out the future purchasing expectations of large companies regarding renewable energy in the United States. These actions are informing PepsiCo’s renewable energy procurement strategy.
For a full list of companies that have committed to set science-based targets visit www.sciencebasedtargets.org/companies-taking-action