Stobart Trucks Powered by Used Cooking Oil, Now Deliver Walkers Crisps Across the UK

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Stobart has continued to expand its use of hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) – used cooking oil – across its network for customer PepsiCo, in a move estimated to save an additional 13,000 tonnes in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the end of 2024.

Walkers Crisps are now being transported from PepsiCo’s Leicester site to retailers using five million litres of HVO, to fuel over 11 million miles of UK HGV truck journeys across the remainder of this year. Every kilometre powered by HVO generates 85% less GHG emissions when compared with conventional diesel, reducing the impact of these journeys on the planet, as Walkers Crisps make their way to customers.

It is the latest in a series of green initiatives over the past two years, to expand the use of sustainable HVO fuel across the PepsiCo business. HVO has already replaced diesel on trucks travelling between the Quaker Oats Mill in Cupar and Walkers’ home in Leicester, alongside routes between British farms and Leicester.

This means that low carbon HVO is now being used to power 40% of transportation used to make and deliver Walkers Crisps, with PepsiCo’s total miles running on HVO fuel equating to 14 million this year, saving over 16,000 tonnes in GHG emissions.

The initiative will help support Stobart decarbonisation goals as it works towards achieving science-based targets. It also forms part of PepsiCo Positive, the PepsiCo transformation programme which includes a goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2040.

David Pickering, CEO, Stobart, said: “This important initiative will help Stobart and PepsiCo to jointly decarbonise their supply chain service by over 13,000 tonnes carbon this year alone. We’re now actively working on further initiatives with PepsiCo to continue to accelerate our decarbonisation journey.”

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