Here's How McDonald’s is Planning to Make a Big Push to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions 

The fast food giant McDonald’s has announced that it is going greener with an initiative that will help to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from it stores.

"Today, McDonald's announces it will partner with franchisees and suppliers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to McDonald's restaurants and offices by 36% by 2030 from a 2015 base year in a new strategy to address global climate change. Additionally, McDonald's commits to a 31% reduction in emissions intensity (per metric ton of food and packaging) across its supply chain by 2030 from 2015 levels. This combined target has been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)." 

The chain said that by 2030, this program will prevent 150 million metrics of greenhouse gas emissions from polluting the air. As the chain points out, this is equivalent to taking 32 million passenger cars off of the road for a year.

The initiative will be comprised of a group effort from McDonald’s franchisees, suppliers and producers. 

The chain is focusing on its restaurant’s energy usage, packaging and its beef production, all of which accounts for about 64% of McDonald’s total global emissions.

“We support beef production that’s environmentally sound, protects animal health and welfare, and improves farmer and community livelihoods, and we have done for over a decade. This global movement is gaining extensive momentum through conversations, collaborations, pilot programs, and global and local roundtables, and is helping influence not just beef in McDonald’s supply chain, but beef production around the world,” writes McDonald’s.

The stores plan to implement technologies like LED lighting and more energy efficient kitchen equipment. The company will also be introducing more sustainable packaging and agriculture practices, along with instituting restaurant recycling. 

“To create a better future for our planet, we must all get involved. McDonald’s is doing its part by setting this ambitious goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to address the challenge of global climate change. To meet this goal, we will source our food responsibly, promote renewable energy and use it efficiently, and reduce waste and increase recycling,” said Steve Easterbrook, President and CEO of McDonald’s.

Do you think McDonald’s will pave the way for other fast food chains in the way the industry approaches climate change? Or is this merely a PR stunt?

Read more about McDonald’s new greenhouse gas strategy at “Inc.”