Some Russian love for PepsiCo's green building strategy

The food and beverage company has scored its first LEED designation for one of its European operations.
Written by Heather Clancy, Contributor
PepsiCo's facility in Azov, Russia, is its first European operation to receive LEED certification.

Food and beverage giant PepsiCo has earned a Silver LEED certification for its Frito Lay manufacturing facility, which brings the total number of buildings certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program to 27.

The facility in Azov, Russia, focused on several areas in order to earn the designation. Here are some of the highlights of what sets the operation apart:

  • It will use roughly 18 percent less energy than comparable facilities.
  • It will reduce water consumption by 40 percent through variously plumbing fixture improvements and water management technologies.
  • It will use only non-potable water for landscaping
  • More than 75 percent of the space will be lit by either high-performance electric light or daylight.
  • Occupants have direct control over lighting, temperature and other indoor climate factors.

Other buildings that have managed LEED certification include PepsiCo's North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, its plant and office in Chongqing, Chinao, its Sustainability Center in Chicago, and plants in City of Industry, Calif., Casa Grande, Ariz., and Killingly, Conn.

The press release from PepsiCo quotes Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council, commenting on the latest certification:

"Building are a prime example of how human systems integrate with natural systems. The PepsiCo project in Azov efficiently uses our natural resources and makes an immediate, positive impact on our planet, which will tremendously benefit future generations to come."

As a reminder, here are some of PepsiCo's high-level sustainability goals (all geared toward a 2015 timeline):

  • Improve energy efficiency by 20 percent per unit of production
  • Reduce fuel use intensity by 25 percent per unit of production

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