McDonald’s Corporation recently announced a commitment to achieve net-zero emissions across its global operations by 2050. The company is joining the United Nations Race to Zero campaign and signing on to the Science Based Targets initiative’s Business Ambition for 1.5°C campaign. McDonald’s will increase the emissions reduction levels in its existing 2030 science-based target and will set a long-term reduction target to reach net-zero emissions.
Efforts underway since 2018 have already resulted in an 8.5 percent reduction in the absolute emissions of restaurants and offices and a 5.9 percent decrease in supply chain emissions intensity against a 2015 baseline. McDonald’s says a world with lower greenhouse gas emissions will result in more favorable conditions for farmers and ranchers. Efforts by the company to meet the goal include reducing emissions in its supply chain, empowering employees to innovate and use locally tailored solutions, and offer insights to others to reduce emissions in forest, land and agriculture.