Commercial, GHG Emissions - April 26, 2021
Yum! Brands to Serve GHG Emissions Decrease of Nearly 50 % by 2030
Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and The Habit Burger Grill restaurants, announced on April 26 that it will decrease GHG emissions 46% by 2030. The company will work with its franchisees, suppliers, and producers to address climate change, and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. Yum! Brands' goals have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
In a statement, David Gibbs, Yum! Brands CEO, said, “Climate change is one of the top priorities of our Recipe for Good strategy, and we’re investing significantly in sustainable growth to address this issue by working closely with our brands, franchisees and suppliers. We believe in the collective power of Yum! and our brands to make a positive impact, and that holds true when it comes to creating a healthier future for our customers, communities and the environment.”
Yum!’s efforts to reduce emissions at its more than 50,000 corporate and franchise restaurants and throughout its supply chain are the largest part of its climate change focus. Yum! plans to cut GHG emissions generated by its corporate restaurants and offices, defined as Scope 1 and 2, 46% below 2019 levels by 2030. Yum! will also reduce Scope 3 emissions, along its value chain, also by 46% below 2019 levels during this same timeframe on a per-restaurant basis.
Yum! climate commitments also include accelerating the transition to using 100% renewable energy by 1,000 restaurants around the world by the end of 2021. The company moved its corporate offices in the U.S. to 100% renewable energy in 2020.
Sustainable restaurant development has also been a critical element of Yum!’s climate strategy. The company built its first LEED-certified green restaurant in 2009 and has 45 LEED-certified green restaurants globally to date.
Click here to view an infographic from Yum! Brands on its Climate Commitment.