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Frito-Lay Unveils 'Near Net Zero' Manufacturing Facility -- PLANO, Texas, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --

 

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Frito-Lay Unveils "Near Net Zero" Manufacturing Facility
Casa Grande facility leveraging renewable energy and recycled water to reach company milestone
PLANO, Texas, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America division today celebrated the success of its most
ambitious environmental sustainability project to-date by announcing that its Casa Grande, Arizona, facility has reached "near net
zero."  The "near net zero" vision was to transform an existing facility so that it would be as far "off the grid" as possible and run
primarily on renewable energy sources and recycled water, while producing nearly zero landfill waste.
"As a company that relies on key natural resources like water and fuel, Frito-Lay has developed strategies to ensure our business
remains sustainable, even if there are constraints on those resources," explains Al Carey, past CEO and president, Frito-Lay North
America. "Frito-Lay and its parent, PepsiCo, are committed to finding innovative solutions that are right for the business and right for
the environment. The 'near net zero' project is an industry-leading example of how the two successfully intersect."
Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39% of CO2 emissions, 40% of energy consumption and 13% of water
consumption, making environmental sustainability initiatives for new and existing buildings a significant opportunity. In fact, greater
building efficiency can help meet 85% of future U.S. demand for energy.
Frito-Lay invested in and implemented a combination of technologies to enable the Casa Grande plant to significantly reduce the use
of key natural resources and reduce the site's overall environmental footprint. Using innovative technologies, the Casa Grande facility
is generating 2/3 of all energy used from renewable sources and is working toward significant reductions:
50% reduction of greenhouse gases
75% of water is recycled
80% reduction of natural gas usage

"Frito-Lay set out to create an environmental learning lab in our Casa Grande plant that would try to make the plant 'near net zero,'"
said Al Halvorsen, senior director of environmental sustainability, Frito-Lay North America.  "Our approach to significantly reduce the
use of natural resources and the environmental impact of a manufacturing site has been cutting edge and today marks a major
milestone for Frito-Lay and PepsiCo."
Water Reduction: The Casa Grande facility installed a water recovery and reuse system that combines Membrane Bio Reactor
(MBR) and Low-Pressure Reverse Osmosis (LPRO) technologies to recycle from 50% to 75% of water.  The recycled process water
meets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) primary and secondary drinking water standards.
Electricity Reduction:  Five separate and distinct solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, installed throughout the property, produce nearly
10 million kilowatt-hours (KWHs) of electrical power. Two solar fields of single axis tracking PV systems with more than 18,000 solar
panels were installed on 36 acres of the facility's agriculture property. The three additional PV fields installed by the plant include a
dual axis tracking system, a single axis covered parking lot and 10 sterling engine dual axis tracking systems.
Natural Gas Reduction: The newly installed 60,000 pounds per hour (lb/hr) biomass boiler, which uses wood and agricultural waste
as its combustion energy source, will produce all the steam needed for the manufacturing plant and will reduce natural gas usage by
over 80%.

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