Senior leadership from PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division were joined by representatives from the Department of Energy and the State of Wisconsin to unveil Frito-Lay's inaugural Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) fuelling station in Beloit, Wisconsin, US.
The station opening is part of Frito-Lay's large-scale commitment to alternative fuel. In 2013, the company will break ground on seven public CNG fuelling stations across the US and continue to grow its CNG fleet, bringing the total number of its CNG tractors to 208.
CNG tractors use an abundant, domestic natural gas fuel and emit less greenhouse gas than diesel tractors. Once deployed, the 208 CNG tractors will make up 20% of Frito-Lay's fleet and will be located at 50% of production locations, making Frito-Lay's CNG fleet one of the largest CNG fleets in the US.
The seven new fuelling stations, along with three other stations that will be in operation this year, will begin at a total expected annual volume of two million gallons and grow to a little over eight million gallons in five years.
"This initiative to build much-needed natural gas infrastructure for large commercial vehicles is part of Frito-Lay's deep commitment to the environment," said Mike O'Connell, senior director for fleet operations, Frito-Lay North America. "When all 208 CNG tractors are in service, Frito-Lay will eliminate 7,863 metric tonnes of carbon emissions, the equivalent of over 1,125 cars annually."
In the US, Frito-Lay hopes to reduce its total fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2020, compared to 2007 baseline.
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