Pepsi puts CSR into new plantJuly 2009
PepsiCo, one of the world’s largest beverage and food companies, has opened its first overseas ‘green’ plant in China.
The plant, in the western city of Chongqing, is the first ‘green’ beverage factory in China to comply with the rigorous sustainable engineering standards known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design set by the Green Building Council.
It uses more than 35 water-saving and energy-saving device and features an environmental management system that monitors water and energy use on every production line and every piece of individual equipment in real time.
The factory is built to use 22 per cent less water and 23 per cent less energy than the average PepsiCo plant in China.
To economize on water, it uses a high-pressure cleaning system, a water-free conveyor belt lubricant and water-saving fixtures. Plant associates re-use water for landscaping and general cleaning instead of potable water. To achieve energy economy, 75 per cent of the indoor areas have natural lighting, including a skylight in the packing area and warehouse. A roof garden insulates the office building and saves energy for cooling and heating.
The new installation is expected to help PepsiCo to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3100 tons every year, water use by 100,000 tons, and overall energy consumption by four million kilowatt hours, compared with the former Chongqing plant.
In addition, it will serve as an educational centre to raise awareness of good environmental practices among students in the local community.
The Chongqing factory is part of PepsiCo’s planned investment of $1billion (£610million) in China. The company’s large-scale capital programmes during the next two years include five new beverage manufacturing plants – in Kunming, Zhengzhou, Quanzhou, Lanzhou and Nanchang.
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