Fast Food Giant McDonald's Reveals Ambitious Plans To Slash Emissions By 36%

The chain is heavily reliant on products with a heavy carbon footprint - like beef
McDonald's plans are ambitious

Fast food giant McDonald's has pledged to slash its greenhouse gas emissions in a bid to help tackle climate change.

The burger chain - along with its franchisees and suppliers - wants to cut emissions by around a third between 2015 and 2030.

According to McDonald's, the largest contributors to its carbon footprint are beef production, restaurant energy usage and sourcing, packaging and waste, accounting for around 64 percent of its global emissions

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McDonald’s Chief Executive, Steve Easterbrook, said: "To meet this goal, we will source our food responsibly, promote renewable energy and use it efficiently, and reduce waste and increase recycling."

The chain says it will do this by supporting 'sustainable agricultural practices' and using more eco-friendly packaging.

In addition, there are also plans to install energy-efficient kitchen equipment and lighting, as well as encourage recycling in its restaurants.

Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer, said: "We are about halfway there already on (total) packaging and waste."

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