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The path to net-zero: PepsiCo UK leverages green fuel to power potato transportation for Walkers Crisps

PepsiCo has announced a sustainability initiative in which all potatoes transported to its Walkers Crisps factory in Leicester, UK, will be powered by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a low-emission alternative to diesel, as James McLoughlin reports for Logistics Manager.

Developed in collaboration with agricultural logistics provider AB Texel, the scheme will employ 800,000 litres of HVO fuel to displace diesel in trucks driving approximately 1.6 million miles, delivering 240,000 tonnes of potatoes to the factory yearly. This measure is expected to save 2,650 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year.

The switch is part of PepsiCo’s broader environmental strategy, which aims to reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 75% by 2030 and achieve net-zero emissions by 2040. In other efforts, PepsiCo has introduced two electric trucks for inter-factory transport and invested £60 million to upgrade the Leicester factory, replacing gas-fired ovens with ones powered by renewable energy.

Source: Logistics Manager. Read the full story here
Photo: Credit AB Texel via Logistics Manager

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