Through actions we take to meet our targets across our supply chain and in company and franchised restaurants, we expect to prevent 150 million metric tons of C02 equivalents (CO2e) from being released into the atmosphere by 2030. This is the equivalent of taking 32 million passenger cars off the road for an entire year or planting 3.8 billion trees and growing them for 10 years. The target will enable McDonald’s to grow as a business without growing its emissions.
To reach its target, the Company will work across its supply chain, offices and restaurants to be more innovative and efficient through improvements such as LED lighting, energy efficient kitchen equipment, sustainable packaging, restaurant recycling, and by elevating and supporting sustainable agriculture practices. In collaboration with thousands of Franchisees, suppliers and producers, we will prioritize action on the largest segments of our carbon footprint: beef production, restaurant energy usage and sourcing, packaging and waste. These segments combined, account for approximately 64% of McDonald’s global emissions.
Beyond beef and fiber, the whole McDonald’s supply chain is a critical part of our climate work. All supplier contributions are meaningful and will help to drive significant reductions for our 2030 target. To read more about our approach to driving innovation and improvements in responsible sourcing, click here.
While we have made progress in restaurants and in our supply chain, with our new target we are taking bigger and bolder actions to lessen our impact moving forward. We know that we can’t fight climate change alone, so we’re partnering with our suppliers, Franchisees, industry, governments, non-governmental organizations and others to take action.