Climate change is an important issue, generating growing interest from every sector of society, from individuals and NGOs to governments and corporations. Its significance means that everyone has a role to play in reducing impacts, including McDonald’s®.
With our commitment to continuous improvement, we’re working to reduce the energy consumption in our restaurants, which in turn reduces our environmental impacts and helps us save money.
McDonald’s restaurants’ use of electrical energy and natural gas accounts for the bulk of our restaurant greenhouse gas emissions. Within the restaurant, our two key areas of focus are the heating/cooling systems and the cooking appliances, which together account for approximately 80% of a typical restaurant’s energy use.
Through energy-saving practices in the areas of ventilation, lighting and heating, McDonald’s restaurants in Canada have saved an estimated 27 million kWh and 1.47 million cubic meters of natural gas since 2005, which equates to 8,214 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions - equal to taking approximately 1,504 cars off the road for one year.
McDonald’s Canada has also participated in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour initiative since 2008. We put significant resources towards encouraging the public to participate along with us, through in-store posters and our social media. Coast-to coast participation by our restaurants results in over 10,000 kWh of energy saved each year - the same amount used by the average Canadian family.