Commercial, GHG Emissions - April 27, 2021
Wendy’s First GHG Inventory Shows Reduced Emissions
Wendy’s has completed its first GHG inventory, which reveals a 6.3% decrease in Scope 1 and 2 emissions since 2019. The report’s findings will help Wendy’s to create SBTi-aligned targets and a roadmap towards further reductions.
As shown in the company’s recently released Corporate Responsibility Report, Wendy’s pilot energy efficiency programs have already seen success. In 2020, the company implemented energy management systems in over half of its restaurants and installed HVAC upgrades in 79 of them. As a result, since 2019 the pilot locations have reduced their energy use by 15% and their GHG emissions by 10%.
In addition, Wendy’s has decreased its energy use by 15% per square foot across all company operations since 2012. This achievement brings the fast-food brand closer to its current goal of 20% energy reduction per transaction by 2025 (compared to 2012 levels).
Wendy's also announced it has produced 2.8 million gallons of cleaner-burning renewable diesel, which reduces GHG emissions at a higher rate than traditional premium diesel. This was accomplished in partnership with DAR PRO Solutions.
Building on these successes and using the information in the GHG inventory, Wendy’s has outlined a process to analyze its energy use and emissions further, commit to the SBTi initiative, decide on Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG reductions, and have its emissions goals SBTi-approved by 2023.
For more details, see Wendy’s 2020 Corporate And Social Responsibility Report.
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