Through our new Planet goals, we will work to reduce our environmental impact while growing our business and helping to meet the food, beverage and natural resource needs of our changing world.
Helping to create a healthier relationship between people and food includes protecting the environment and finding sustainable ways to produce more food.
PepsiCo’s business depends on the availability of the natural resources needed to make our products. Agriculture uses the vast majority of the world’s available fresh water at the same time that water availability is becoming increasingly limited. As the world’s population grows, the demand for water and energy will also rise. And if society follows business as usual, leading global organizations expect that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will increase in the coming years, further accelerating climate change and putting crops at potential increased risk. Alongside these complex environmental problems, by 2050 it is expected that, to meet the rising demand for food, society will either need to increase food production by 70 percent or drastically reduce the food that is currently wasted or lost.
Amid the urgency of these issues and their relationship to societal health and our business, PepsiCo will advance its efforts in the protection and conservation of natural resources.
For years, we have been focused on finding ways to reduce our environmental footprint in water, packaging, waste, energy and agriculture—areas that are critical to our business and where we can make the biggest impact. We were one of the first global companies to publicly recognize water as a basic human right and were honored with the Stockholm International Water Institute’s Industry Water Award for our water stewardship.
While we have advanced our packaging design to be increasingly sustainable, we also support public recovery and recycling infrastructure, cross-sector collaboration and consumer behavior in the effort to avoid more packaging waste sent to landfill or polluting our oceans. Our commitment to reducing waste also applies to our production facilities where we have made significant progress in recycling and reusing waste.
Our historic energy work has focused on efforts in our operations, which we will expand on in coming years as part of our plan to address greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in our value chain. Similarly, we intend to expand best practices in sustainable agriculture going forward, using what we have already learned by engaging 28,000 growers in our supply chain.
Managing the interrelationship between complex environmental issues is crucial and it is also good business. Our water, energy, packaging and waste-reduction initiatives delivered more than $600 million in cost savings between 2010-2015.
Most recently in 2015, we exceeded our operational water-use efficiency goal while providing access to safe water to 9 million people since 2006 through the PepsiCo Foundation and its partners. We also made progress in decoupling the growth of our production volume from our greenhouse gas emissions. Our Sustainable Farming Initiative expanded significantly. And we removed over 100 million pounds of packaging material from the market in 2015 compared with the prior year, and further reduced the amount of waste we sent to landfill.
View our 2017 Report and 2025 Agenda to learn more about our progress in each of these areas.
As you’ll see in our 2025 Agenda, we will work to extend our environmental stewardship efforts to many more members of our supply chain and communities where we work while continuing to improve the efficiency of our manufacturing operations. Our size, influence, resources and relationships, coupled with our sense of responsibility to make a difference, present a considerable opportunity to incentivize, support and scale more sustainable practices in the years ahead.
Changing the current environmental equation will require many hands. We will work with others, therefore, to achieve our Planet goals while also striving to contribute to global frameworks such as the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals