Westchester-based PepsiCo plans to use 100% renewable energy

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Westchester-based PepsiCo announced on Wednesday plans to use 100% renewable electricity for its U.S. operations by the end of 2020. The company recently installed solar panels at its global headquarters in Purchase. 

"We have entered a decade that will be critical for the future of our planet's health," said Ramon Laguarta, the chairman and chief executive officer of PepsiCo in a press release. "PepsiCo is pursuing 100% renewable electricity in the U.S. because the severe threat that climate change poses to the world demands faster and bolder action from all of us."

Craig Hart, the executive director of Pace Energy Climate Center in White Plains, told News 12 that climate change is evident in the area.

“When we are having weekends in the mid-60s in January in New York, you know things aren’t right,” Hart said.

He said that technology advancements have made renewable energy more affordable and the pressure to go green has increased. “If their consumers are concerned about climate change then they are going to be under pressure to do that.”

In fact, the discussion came up during Tuesday night’s Democratic debate.

“If we as a nation do not transform our energy system away from fossil fuel, the planet we are leaving our kids will be uninhabitable and unhealthy,” presidential candidate and United States Sen. Bernie Sanders said during the debate.

And just this week, with climate change impacting finance, BlackRock, an American global investment management corporation, announced that it was getting out of the fossil fuel business.

“That’s going to have a huge impact that sends a message,” Hart said.

MORE: PepsiCo Press Release

 

 

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