Restaurant Brands International – the parent company of Burger King, Tim Hortons and Popeyes brands – has unveiled a blueprint to “achieve business growth without emissions growth” to help address climate change.
RBI will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030.
In addition, RBI has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.
The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and are based on the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations.
RBI is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with approximately $33 billion in annual system-wide sales and over 27,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries.
The company’s roadmap for achieving its targets builds on progress promoting leading environmental stewardship practices already underway in the agricultural supply chain, in partnership with suppliers, researchers, farmers and ranchers.
The plan also details several new milestones for the future and includes initiatives such as using renewable energy in operations, implementing energy efficient equipment and converting to electric vehicle use.
“As one of the largest quick service restaurant companies in the world, we have a critical role to play in addressing the threat of global climate change, which is important for our planet and for our guests,” said José Cil, CEO at RBI.
“We’ve done the hard work to determine where we stand, where we can make the most meaningful impact, and the actions we need to take to move the needle. With these ambitious targets, we are accelerating our efforts to promote a more sustainable future and continue on our journey to build the most loved restaurant brands in the world.”
RBI said that achieving its targets would prevent an estimated 25.4 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from being released into the atmosphere by 2030 as compared to a business-as-usual scenario.
RBI’s GHG Emissions Targets
– SBTs: Compared to a 2019 base year, by 2030, RBI aims to reduce:
Absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50%
– Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per metric ton of food
– Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per franchise restaurant
– Net-Zero: RBI also aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050