Walkers switches to trucks powered by used cooking oil

PepsiCo crisp brand Walkers has expanded its use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) – used cooking oil – across its supply chain in a move estimated to save an additional 13,000 tonnes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the end of 2024.

In partnership with logistics solutions provider Stobart, Walkers products will now be transported from PepsiCo’s Leicester site to retailers using five million litres of HVO to fuel over 11m miles of UK HGV truck journeys across the remainder of this year.

Every kilometre powered by HVO generates 85% less GHG emissions when compared with conventional diesel.

It marks the latest in a series of green initiatives by PepsiCo over the past two years, with HVO having already replaced diesel on trucks travelling between the Quaker Oats mill in Cupar and Walkers’ site in Leicester, alongside routes between British farms and Leicester.

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As a result, low carbon HVO is now being used to power 40% of transportation used to make and deliver Walkers crisps, with PepsiCo’s total miles running on HVO fuel equating to 14m this year, saving over 16,000 tonnes in GHG emissions.

The initiative also forms part of ‘PepsiCo Positive’, the company’s transformation programme which includes a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2040.

PepsiCo UK and Ireland sustainability director Simon Devaney said: “Scaling up our use of HVO-powered trucks to transport our Walkers crisps all over the country is a significant further step in our decarbonisation journey.”

Stobart CEO David Pickering added: “This important initiative will help Stobart and PepsiCo to jointly decarbonise their supply chain service by over 13,000 tonnes carbon this year alone.

“We’re now actively working on further initiatives with PepsiCo to continue to accelerate our decarbonisation journey.”



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