McDonald’s on Monday announced its plan to cut its greenhouse emission so that the company can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The company has partnered with the Science Based Targets initiative to achieve the new goal.
Chris Kempczinski, McDonald’s President and CEO that they believe they have the privilege and a responsibility to help lead on issues that matter most in communities. There is no issue more urgent globally and of impact locally than protecting our planet for generations to come.
He also added that by promising to net zero through the SBTi’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign, the restaurant chain is helping every community they serve to mitigate the impacts of climate change and adapt for the future. United Nations scientists have said that the world’s net emissions must fall to zero by 2050 to limit the rise of global temperatures to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius versus pre-industrial levels.
Net-zero plans require companies to decrease their carbon dioxide emissions and cut back on remaining projects that use gas. About 1,000 companies have signed similar agreements with the UN and SBTi.McDonald’s said that the company’s efforts have reduced restaurant and office emissions by 8.5% against a 2015 baseline, and reduced the pollution of its supply chain emissions by 5.9%.