PepsiCo Reduces Water Use by 26%
Company’s plan to save water surpasses benchmarks
will help reduce energy consumption.
Birds migrate during most parts of the
year, Prince explains, so consult local conservation organizations about the heaviest
migration periods in your area and plan your
outdoor lighting practices accordingly. “The
longer the period that is set, the more birds
will be protected,” Prince says. The Cornell
Laboratory of Ornithology also offers eBird,
a mobile and web-based resource that tracks
arrival and departure times during migration.
You can also tweak whatever lighting is
left on to make it less dangerous, Prince
adds. “Any designs that keep lighting from
streaming up into the night sky are best,"
explains Prince. "Also avoid using LED light-
ing with blue-rich white light – that will
decrease the brightness of night lighting and
avoid the deleterious effects of blue spec-
trum emissions at night.”
It’s difficult to estimate how many birds
you can save due to the number of variables
involved, but Prince named one Chicago
study that compared bird strikes at one
building with its lights on vs. lights off.
“There was an 85 to 90% reduction in bird
strikes,” Prince says. “If this is translated
across all buildings leaving lights off, the
estimates are tens of thousands of birds
saved. We no longer have huge strikes in
one night at one building where the lights
were left on, as occurred prior to the light
Janelle Penny firstname.lastname@example.org
is senior editor of BUILDINGS.
For nearly a decade, PepsiCo has dedicated itself to finding water conservation solutions within the company
and across the world and is now reaping
the benefits that come with widespread
sustainability practices. PepsiCo has
announced that in 2015, it reduced its operational water use per unit of production by
26% vs. a 2006 baseline.
This reduction far exceeded the goal the
corporation had for the year at 20%. These
water conservation efforts saved PepsiCo
more than $80 million between 2011 and
2015. As part of a larger sustainability
agenda, the corporation has saved more
than $600 million over the past five years
in a variety of water, energy and waste-reduction initiatives.
“All across PepsiCo, we continue to find
innovative new ways to grow our busi-
ness while using fewer natural resources
– water among them,” says Dr. Mehmood
Khan, PepsiCo Vice Chairman and Chief
Scientific Officer, Global Research and
Development. “By driving down our oper-
ational water use and replenishing water
within the local watershed, promoting
innovative agricultural practices that yield
more crop per drop and enabling access
to safe water and sanitation for millions of
people, we have achieved important prog-
ress and are committed to doing much
more in the years ahead.”
In addition to helping its own bottom
line, PepsiCo’s efforts have included assist-
ing water-stressed areas around the world.
Through the PepsiCo Foundation, the com-
pany has worked with non-profit organiza-
tions in reaching 9 million people with safe
water access since 2006.
“Access to safe water is an essen-
tial building block for improved social,
economic and health conditions in com-
munities around the world,” says Khan.
“Companies have an important role to play
in solving global water challenges, and we
must continuously seek ways to apply our
unique capabilities and expertise to con-
serve this most precious resource.”
Other recent sustainability efforts have
produced impressive results. PepsiCo has
reduced absolute water usage in opera-
tions by approximately 3.2 billion liters in
2015. Additionally, it has joined in a coali-
tion with The Nature Conservancy in a five-
year partnership called Recycle for Nature
to protect U.S. drinking water sources by
recycling bottles and cans.