Lower carbon deliveries
We encourage logistics providers to use the most carbon-efficient fuels for transport throughout our supply chain. This includes the use of alternative fuels, such as renewable natural gas created from biowaste, biofuels, hydrogen, natural gas, propane and electricity. Where possible, the biofuels McDonald’s uses are generated from by-products rather than crops grown for food.
HAVI, one of McDonald’s logistics suppliers, has announced a five-year joint plan with vehicle maker Scania to improve its carbon footprint. It aims to significantly reduce the number of diesel-powered vehicles it uses, and convert around 70% of its fleet to alternative fuels in a number of European countries by 2021. The CO2 emissions created by deliveries to McDonald’s restaurants will be monitored in real time, and are expected to fall by 15 to 40%, depending on route, fuel used and traffic conditions.
Another logistics supplier, Martin Brower, has started using renewable natural gas in its delivery vehicles in the U.S. This is the cleanest fuel available (up to 70% cleaner than diesel), and the world’s first commercially available transportation fuel made entirely from organic waste.
In 2017, the Company and our logistics providers became signatories to the Sustainable Fuel Buyers’ Principles, supporting growth in the market for low-carbon vehicles. Also in 2017, our logistics suppliers became members of BSR’s Future of Fuels group, a multi-stakeholder group with the mission of driving “a sustainable transition to low-carbon commercial road freight.”
As part of their efforts to accelerate the decarbonization of the supply chain, our logistics providers also generate renewable electricity with solar panels in some of their distribution centers. In Belgium, a provider has installed a wind turbine.