The decision is part of PepsiCo's (Frito-Lay's parent company) goal to cut emissions 20% by 2030. As a result, Frito-Lay's other sustainability efforts include water and energy use reduction and upgraded robotics.
According to the release, the Modesto project is the "first of its kind" for PepsiCo and Frito-Lay. Currently, the facility supports the company's sustainability efforts by sending roughly 1% of its waste to landfill. The infrastructure and fleet overhaul represents a new attempt to achieve sustainability operations goals at scale.
The company plans to partner with Tesla and Volvo on electric fleet vehicles and tractors; install a natural gas station, a 1 megawatt rooftop solar array on its carport, doubling the facility's current solar energy generation capacity; truck and employee electric charging stations; and other upgrades, according to a statement emailed to Supply Chain Dive on behalf of Frito-Lay.
Throughout the project, PepsiCo and Frito-Lay are partnering with California Climate Investments (CCI), a state-wide program that invests in sustainability projects, which is contributing some funding. "The project is the result of a partnership with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), which received a $15.4 million grant from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) – matched by a $13.5 million investment by Frito-Lay and a $1.8 million investment by American Natural Gas (ANG)" to support the initiative, according to the statement.