McDonald’s sets sights on lighting to hit 20% energy reduction target

Fast food chain McDonald’s has committed to increasing the energy efficiency in company-owned restaurants by 20 per cent in seven of its top markets by 2020.

McDonald’s’ 116-page corporate social responsibility and sustainability report, published this month, outlines a number ‘aspirational goals’ for improvement in the sectors ‘sourcing’, ‘planet’, ‘food’, ‘people’ and ‘community.

The prime 2020 ‘planet’ goal is to increase energy efficiency by 20 per cent in seven of the company’s top markets. The strategy report is sparse on details but includes a mention of LED lighting: ‘We have identified a portfolio of energy efficient solutions […] such as high efficiency exhaust fans and LED walk-in refrigerator lighting, with the potential to support our aspirational goal of 20 per cent increase in energy efficiency in our company-owned restaurants by 2020,’ the report states. Current standards for McDonald’s’ restaurant design in the United States include LED dining room lighting and LED building signage. Some franchises also have LED car park lighting.

The ‘aspirational goals’ have only been set for McDonalds’ company-owned restaurants, as opposed to its franchises. McDonalds owns 19 percent of the restaurants in the markets that have been subjected to the 2020 energy efficiency goals, namely Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The report states that a framework of goals for the franchised restaurants will be developed by 2016.

McDonald’s sets sights on lighting to hit 20% energy reduction target

Fastfood chain McDonald’s has committed to increasing the energy efficiency in company-owned restaurants by 20 per cent in seven of its top markets by 2020.

McDonald’s’ 116-page Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainability report, published this month, outlines a number ‘aspirational goals’ for improvement in the sectors ‘sourcing’, ‘planet’, ‘food’, ‘people’ and ‘community.

The prime 2020 ‘planet’ goal is to increase energy efficiency by 20 per cent in seven of the company’s top markets. The strategy report is sparse on details but includes a mention of LED lighting: ‘We have identified a portfolio of energy efficient solutions […] such as high efficiency exhaust fans and LED walk-in refrigerator lighting, with the potential to support our aspirational goal of 20 per cent increase in energy efficiency in our company-owned restaurants by 2020,’ the report states. Current standards for McDonald’s’ restaurant design in the United States include LED dining room lighting and LED building signage. Some franchises also have LED car park lighting.

The ‘aspirational goals’ have only been set for McDonalds’ company-owned restaurants, as opposed to its franchises. McDonalds owns 19 percent of the restaurants in the markets that have been subjected to the 2020 energy efficiency goals, namely Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The report states that a framework of goals for the franchised restaurants will be developed by 2016.

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