Furthering PepsiCo’s mission to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 20% by 2030, Frito-Lay—a division of PepsiCo—has announced it aims to replace all of its existing diesel-powered freight equipment with zero-emission (ZE) and near-zero emission (NZE) technologies at its Modesto, Calif. manufacturing site. The Zero- and Near-Zero Emission Freight Facility Project will transform the 500,000-sq-ft site—one of Frito-Lay’s largest in the United States—into an industry-leading showcase for environmentally sustainable manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution.

The project is a first-of-its-kind for PepsiCo and Frito-Lay and is part of California Climate Investments (CCI), a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment. “Cap and trade” is a common term for a government regulatory program designed to limit, or cap, the total level of emissions of certain chemicals, particularly carbon dioxide.

Expected to be completed in 2021, the $30.8 million Modesto project will integrate an array of commercially available and pre-commercial ZE and NZE technologies in numerous applications, among them fleet vehicles and supporting infrastructure, on-site renewable energy generation, and energy storage systems. The Modesto project will also contribute to industry knowledge of the emerging technologies by funding data collection and reporting of the project results.

The project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, which received a grant from CCI, matched by investments from Frito-Lay and American Natural Gas (ANG), as well as in-kind contributions from Café Coop, to support the Modesto sustainability initiative.

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