PURCHASE, NY - PepsiCo strengthened its commitment to make its operations even more environmentally-friendly in its recently released 2009 sustainability report.

PepsiCo operates 100,000 distribution routes directly or through its own fleets or through those of its bottlers worldwide. "We continuously look for ways to reduce emissions from our fleet," said the company.

The food and beverage company is working to reduce its carbon footprint and has committed to an absolute reduction in GHG emissions across its global operations, reducing fuel-use intensity by 25 percent per unit of production by 2015, reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) intensity for U.S. operations by 25 percent through its partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Leaders program, and improving its electricity use efficiency by 20 percent per unit of production by 2015. Additional information is available by viewing the report.

"In 2009, we achieved a 13-percent reduction in per unit use of electricity in our beverage plants and a 6 percent reduction in our snack plants. There has been a significant reduction of fuel usage as well. In our international operations, we've realized an 18-percent reduction in fuel usage per unit in our beverage operations, and an 8-percent reduction in our snack operations since 2006," said the company.

Most recently, the EPA awarded PepsiCo a 2010 ENERGY STAR "Sustained Excellence Award" in recognition of its continued leadership in protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

PepsiCo is ranked No. 9 on the 2010 Top 300 Commercial Fleets and No. 15 on the Top 50 Green Fleets.