McDonald’s Shifts to Solar Power

McDonald’s plans to shift its supply chain to solar power. The restaurant chain and its distributors announced a deal to purchase enough power from a solar project in Texas to support 100% of its U.S. logistics supply chain’s energy needs.

McDonald’s and all five members of its North American Logistics Council will acquire renewable energy and renewable energy certificates (RECs) from Enel North America’s Blue Jay solar project.

McDonald’s and its suppliers will purchase an estimated 470,000-megawatt hours of renewable energy every year, enough to avoid 170,000 metric tons of carbon emissions or about 80 million trucking miles.

“This deal is a unique example of how McDonald’s and its logistics partners are combining efforts to leverage their reach and scale to tackle supply chain emissions together,” said Bob Stewart, North America chief supply chain officer for McDonald’s.

The company has vowed to achieve “net zero emissions” by 2050 as part of an effort to limit the impact of climate change.

McDonald’s has been working with suppliers on a broad range of environmental and social issues. The restaurant chain and its logistics suppliers will buy enough solar energy to equal the power needs of 900 U.S. McDonald’s restaurants every year.

The deal also helps both McDonald’s and the logistics companies meet their respective climate commitments.

“While major corporations are increasingly encouraging and advising their partners on how to reduce their carbon emissions, McDonald’s took it one step further by becoming the anchor buyer along with its suppliers,” said Danny Fahey, VP of U.S. strategy with Martin Brower.

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