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Frito-Lay to Receive $15.4 Million for Alternative Fuel Project in California

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced significant grant funding for projects designed to accelerate the adoption of clean freight technologies and reduce air pollution caused by the movement of goods throughout the state.

“California is again leading the world, showing what can be done when government and the private sector combine forces to drive technology and innovation,” said CARB Chair Mary D. Nichols. “The implications for the future are clear. Businesses will benefit by lowering their operational costs, and because all these projects are located in disadvantaged communities, residents who have long suffered the impacts of pollution will benefit by having cleaner air to breathe.”

The projects include the Frito Lay Transformative Zero and Near-Zero Emission Freight Facility Project. The project will receive $15.4 million to help replace all diesel-powered equipment at Frito-Lay in Modesto, including deployment of 38 low NOx trucks fueled with renewable natural gas. Frito-Lay will provide a match of $15.4 million in funding. Grants are expected to be executed over the coming months.

The projects, which support implementation of the state’s Sustainable Freight Action Plan, were chosen based on the criteria of technology and innovation, potential to act as a “showcase” to industry, benefit to disadvantaged communities, degree of industry collaboration, budget and match funding, and potential for market penetration.

California Climate Investments is a statewide initiative that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment.