McDonald’s has a target of a 40% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020 in relation to the number of customers, from its base year of 2010. The emissions included in this emissions target are scope 1, scope 2 and business travel in scope 3. A further goal is to achieve 95% renewable fuel for deliveries of ingredients to restaurants by 2020.
How will the targets be achieved?
Emissions reductions are to be achieved through McDonald’s continuing to choose energy-efficient equipment such as CO2sensors that control ventilation based on the number of customers, LED lighting, energy efficient fryers, etc. To date, McDonald’s has reduced its direct emissions by 39% in relation to the number of customers since 2010. This is due to energy efficiency measures and increasing numbers of restaurants buying renewable electricity. McDonald’s is working on continued reductions in its carbon emissions by 2020 through improved waste disposal and energy efficiency.
Deliveries to the restaurants are increasingly being transported using rapeseed methyl ester (RME). In 2013 the trucks ran on approximately 84% renewable fuel. As a result of RME replacing diesel, carbon emissions are around 690 tonnes lower than if the trucks ran only on diesel.