McDonald’s will work with nonprofit group to help curb emissions
McDonald’s Corp has announced plans to cut out all of its global greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050.
The fast-food giant said the road to net zero will include finding greener ways for everything in their business, from the beef in its hamburgers to the light bulbs it has in its restaurants.
McDonald’s says it will work with Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), a nonprofit, in a collaborative effort to reach its climate change goals.
“We believe we have both a privilege and a responsibility to help lead on issues that matter most in communities — and there is no issue more urgent globally and of impact locally than protecting our planet for generations to come,” said Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “By committing to net zero through the SBTi’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, we are helping every community we serve mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt for the future.”
The company want to lower its absolute emissions by about one third, specifically for its suppliers and 40,000 franchised and company-run restaurants across the globe by 2030.
Companies trying to achieve net zero emissions goals must decrease their carbon dioxide emissions and work to offset any remaining emissions by implementing ways to capture the gas before it escapes into the atmosphere.
“We’re trying to send a signal to our partners, to our investors, to our suppliers, to other brands in the global community, to policymakers, that we share that vision for 2050,” McDonald’s Chief Sustainability Officer Jenny McColloch told Reuters.
McDonald’s — one of the world’s largest beef purchasers — goal to reach net zero will require the company to figure out a cleaner way to get its produce, with around 80% of its emissions coming from its supply chain, reports Reuters.
The company says it will work with new guidelines set by SBTi in order to cut emissions in its agriculture, forestry, and land use sectors.
“Beef is a big opportunity to help drive impact in the world with our farmers and rancher partners,” McColloch told Reuters.