Fast food giant McDonalds yesterday (October 4) told Reuters it would target net zero operations by 2050, with sustainability chief Jenny McColloch telling the outlet the giant was “sent[ing] a signal “to the world community that it shares a vision for a carbon-free future.
Previously, McDonalds targeted a 36% reduction in emissions by 2030, with 2015 being the baseline year. Today, the company intends to reduce emissions across its entire supply chain by around a third by 2030 – with the participation of all of its nearly 40,000 sites. The channel will collaborate with the non-profit Science Based Targets (SBTi) initiative in pursuit of this goal. SBTi is currently striving to meet the 1.5 ° C temperature target, to which more than 1,000 companies have committed.
According to a press release, McDonalds has already recorded an 8.5% reduction in total emissions since 2018 in its offices and restaurants, and a 5.9% decrease in emissions from its supply chain – compared to its benchmark from 2015.
“We believe we have both the privilege and the responsibility to help lead the issues that matter most in communities – and there is no issue more urgent on a global scale and with local impact. than to protect our planet for generations to come, ”said Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald’s. and CEO. “By committing to achieving net zero as part of SBTi’s Commercial Ambition for 1.5 ° C campaign, we are helping every community we serve to mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt for the future.” .
McDonald’s UK and Ireland has also announced that its new restaurant in Shropshire will be built and operated with a net zero standard. This standard will be applied to all of the company’s sites in the UK and Ireland from 2022.
The company has already switched to renewable energy, although other measures such as carbon offsetting and modernizing buildings to have a smaller environmental footprint are planned to help meet the new target.