What we’re doing to addressClimate Change

We are committed to taking responsibility for our System’s contribution to climate change, through running more environmentally efficient restaurants and developing solutions that reduce the carbon footprint of our entire value chain – from farm to restaurant.



Why climate change matters

If society and industry continue business as usual, climate change will have serious consequences for our planet and its people today, and for generations to come – from melting ice caps and forest fires to shifting weather patterns that impact the way ingredients are produced. These events will affect our customers, employees, the thousands of communities where we operate and our supply chain, which we rely on for safe, quality ingredients and materials.


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Our carbon reduction strategy


Our carbon reduction strategy


Climate change is the biggest environmental issue of our time, affecting McDonald’s customers, employees and everything from our supply chain to the thousands of communities around the world in which we operate McDonald’s restaurants. As the world’s largest restaurant company, we want to use our scale to help address this defining issue for current and future generations.

We acknowledge that climate change globally impacts air, energy, water, forests, agriculture and public health, and halting climate change requires substantial and sustained reductions of greenhouse gas emissions. We are committed to making greenhouse gas emissions reductions a business priority and making environmental stewardship synonymous with our company’s identity.

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.

In 2015, we launched our White House American Business Act on Climate Change Pledge (pdf, 80.6KB), which outlines our commitment to combating climate change through specific actions on issues such as deforestation, beef production and energy used in McDonald’s restaurants. This is supported by McDonald’s Energy and Climate Position Statement (pdf, 57.6KB), which sets out our view on taking effective, collaborative action to tackle climate change.

Some of the biggest drivers of McDonald’s global carbon footprint are beef production, packaging and waste, and energy usage. While we have made great strides on these issues to date, we are taking even bigger and bolder actions moving forward.


We are transitioning from our previous energy efficiency goals and working toward a more holistic carbon emission reduction strategy for the Company. The Company is about to take our commitment to address climate change to the next level. Keep your eyes peeled – we look forward to sharing an update soon.

Our climate change work supports the UN Sustainable Development Goals, a global agenda to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, specifically:

Read more about our work to support the goals.