PepsiCo measures carbon footprint of Tropicana
January 22, 2009
by FoodBusinessNews.net Staff
PURCHASE, N.Y. — PepsiCo, Inc. and the Carbon Trust have launched a partnership to certify the carbon footprint of several PepsiCo products, starting with Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice. The partnership found an estimated 3.74 lbs, or 1.7 kg, of carbon dioxide are emitted into the environment for every 64-oz carton of Tropicana Pure Premium.
"Tropicana will use these findings to further prioritize our efforts to reduce our overall carbon footprint," said Neil Campbell, president of Tropicana Products North America. "We will build on our already robust sustainability initiatives to further reduce our carbon footprint in the coming years. Tropicana’s initiatives to date include developing a comprehensive resource conservation program for all plants in North America; buying and using greenhouse gas-neutral energy sources where available and training suppliers to join in emissions-reducing initiatives."
About 60% of Tropicana’s carbon footprint is the result of agricultural and manufacturing-related activity, mostly the result of grove management and the energy required to process oranges. Transportation and distribution represent another 22% of the footprint, packaging accounts for 15%, and consumer use and disposal makes up 3%.
Tropicana is the first consumer brand in North America to be independently certified by the Carbon Trust, a U.K. government-backed organization started to address climate change.
"PepsiCo’s partnership with the Carbon Trust is a significant step in our environmental sustainability journey," said Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer. "As part of our company-wide ‘Performance with Purpose’ initiative, we are committed to reducing our overall environmental impact. Understanding what contributes to the carbon footprint for our products is critical to achieving both our sustainability commitments and to driving efficiency gains across our global business."