Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - April 11, 2023
Chipotle's New Restaurants Will Be 100% Electric
Chipotle Mexican Grill's new restaurant design is all electric and will use 100% renewable energy to reduce GHG emissions.
The restaurant group will maximize energy efficiency in its equipment and systems by switching to using wind power and solar through the purchase of certified renewable energy credits. Its new locations will feature rooftop solar panels; all-electric equipment and systems to replace gas power; heat pump water heaters; and smaller electric cookline and improved exhaust hoods compared to other Chipotle kitchens.
The company opened restaurants with the new features in Gloucester, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida, with a third location opening later this summer in Castle Rock, Colorado.
The new restaurant design pilot is an effort by Chipotle to reach its science-based targets, which were established in alignment with Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Chipotle’s goal is to lower direct and indirect GHG emissions 50% by 2030 compared to a 2019 baseline.
The company seeks to have over 100 of its new locations in 2024 utilize all-electric equipment and at least some additional elements from its new design.
"With our aggressive development goal in North America, we hold ourselves accountable to reduce the environmental impact of our restaurants," said Laurie Schalow, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at Chipotle, in a statement. "We are aiming to incorporate some elements of our responsible restaurant design into many of our new restaurant openings going forward."