Frito-Lay announced a new electric fleet that will serve the Dallas Fort Worth area, specifically Carrollton. The first pilot Ford eTransit truck arrived just in time for Earth Day, with 40 arriving later this summer. The trucks will deliver locally and reduce Frito-Lay’s annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of its broad commitment to create a positive value chain.
Frito-Lay is committed to having an impactful, growing footprint in the communities where our employees live and work,” said Laura Maxwell, senior vice president, supply chain, PepsiCo Foods North America, “The Dallas Fort-Worth community is very important to Frito-Lay: it is where we are headquartered, and where we employ 6,500 employees, many of whom live in Carrollton.”
With the addition of the Ford eTransit trucks in Carrollton, Frito-Lay expects a reduction of approximately 390 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually through the implementation of this electrification project. Additionally, Frito-Lay is further decarbonizing its fleet through the nationwide use of renewable compressed natural gas and other new zero- and near-zero emission vehicles.
“We are excited to welcome the first Frito-Lay electric fleet in the City of Carrollton,” said Carrollton City Manager Erin Rinehart. “Carrollton's vision is to be the community that families and businesses want to call home and we love to learn about businesses supporting the City of Carrollton.”
Frito-Lay has already achieved 100% renewable electricity for all of its U.S. plants, offices, and distribution centers. In addition, all Frito-Lay U.S. manufacturing sites use LED lighting with expected GHG emissions savings equivalent to 21,200 metric tons of CO2 annually.
"Frito-Lay recognizes our opportunity to utilize our size and scale to advance technology throughout our supply chain while reducing environmental impacts as we move our products more sustainably with a goal to achieve Net-Zero emissions by 2040,” said David Allen, vice president of sustainability, PepsiCo Foods North America. "The implementation of these 40 100% electric, zero-emissions route trucks is one of the many ways we’re supporting our local community and committed to improving air quality and reducing Frito-Lay’s absolute greenhouse gas emissions in the Dallas Fort Worth area.”
Frito-Lay operates under a broader commitment to people and the environment which includes creating a sustainable food system from sourcing ingredients to making, moving and selling products in a more sustainable way. Frito-Lay is making significant advancements toward this goal, not just through fleet enhancements, but commercially compostable packaging initiatives and sharing sustainable farming practices with farmers.
Frito-Lay’s efforts build on its parent company’s broader sustainability goals, known as PepsiCo Positive (pep+). Pep+ drives action and progress across key pillars, bringing together a number of industry-leading 2030 goals under a comprehensive framework. pep+ is an end-to-end transformation that puts sustainability at the center of how the company will create growth and value by operating within planetary boundaries and inspiring positive change for the planet and people. pep+ will guide how PepsiCo transforms its business operations, leveraging its more than one billion connections with consumers each day to take sustainability mainstream and engage people to make choices that are better for themselves and the planet.
Originally posted on Work Truck Online