Pepsi Co or Coca Cola? The Race To Renewable

Just like many timeless, deep and seemingly unanswerable questions that we encounter in life, “Coke or Pepsi?” is a question

Just like many timeless, deep and seemingly unanswerable questions that we encounter in life, “Coke or Pepsi?” is a question that has stirred countless turmoil in the U.S. ever since Caleb Bradham invented Pepsi in 1965. It’s so extreme that when we talk about Coke we can categorize most of the U.S. population into three main categories; The Coke people, the Pepsi people and the few inbetweeners and non-pop-drinkers.  

But when Energy Professionals talks Coke or Pepsi, we look at the matter in a completely different light, light that hopefully is powered by a renewable energy source. 

This year Pepsi Co, announced that it’s direct U.S. operations will soon be powered by 100% renewable energy. 

“We have entered a decade that will be critical for the future of our planet’s health” says Pepsi

Pepsi, who owns Gatorade, Tropicana and a few other major brands, expects to reduce their greenhouse emissions by 20% in the near future. 

Pepsi plans to expands it’s onsite generation from renewable energy, having recently installed solar panels at it’s global headquarters in New York. 

With more solar installations already in place in their Frito-Lays facility in CA and AZ, as well as their Pepsi Co locations in CA; Pepsi plans to reach their 100% renewable energy goal through a) the development of new renewable energy projects to produce both solar power and wind power to directly power some locations and b) through the purchase of renewable energy credits; certifications that guarantee power used from the grid is being produced by 100% renewable energy sources. 

In a recent statement, Pepsi says that it’s U.S. based renewable energy goals build upon their commitments elsewhere. It’s direct operations in Europe are already operating from 100% renewable energy and their Mexico Foods business is operating with 76% renewable energy. Ref:

So How About Coca-Cola?

Similarly, Coca-Cola announced goals to source 100% of it’s energy from renewable sources. But to us, the fact both pop giants are moving to renewables is great news! 

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