Climate Action at RBI

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our society, with consequences affecting our guests, employees, suppliers, and other stakeholders around the world. As one of the largest quick-service restaurant companies with a global footprint, we have an opportunity and an obligation to address the challenge of climate change and do our part to help reduce its harmful effects.

Our ambition is to become part of the solution. That means reducing our emissions at scale and investing in protecting and regenerating natural ecosystems that play a role in absorbing or storing carbon. We believe the delicious, affordable, and convenient meals you love must also be sustainable, which is why we have set ambitious science-based targets to reduce our greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and are focused on refining and executing our abatement strategy.

For our latest comprehensive disclosure on climate action, see RBI’s CDP Climate Change (2021) Report, also found on CDP’s website.

Portrait of José Cil

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.

José Cil

CEO, Restaurant Brands International Inc.

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Measuring our Carbon Footprint

We measured our global Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, informed by a life cycle assessment of our food, beverage and packaging categories around the world. We identified a clear opportunity to address emissions in the purchased goods and services category, especially for our key proteins - beef, chicken and dairy - which made up 67% of this category in 2019.

Production Timeline

RBI’s Total GHG Emissions

Scope 1 and 2

Scope 1 is direct emissions from fuels and refrigerants by RBI facilities and vehicles; Scope 2 is indirect emissions from electricity and steam used by RBI facilities and vehicles.

RBI Facilities and Vehicles

Scope 3

All indirect emissions from franchises and the RBI value chain.

Purchased Goods and Services


Other Scope 3

Purchased Goods and Services


Beef, chicken, pork, seafood, eggs, turkey, mutton


Cheese, milk, cream, butter, margarine, soft serve

Oils and Grains

Shortening, cereals, flour


Paper, plastic, foam


Our Targets

RBI will collaborate with franchisees and suppliers to pursue science-based targets (SBTs) for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 50% by 2030. Compared to a 2019 base year, by 2030, RBI aims to reduce absolute Scope 1 and 2 GHG emissions by 50%, as well as Scope 3 GHG emissions intensity by 50% per metric ton of food, and per franchise restaurant. These targets were approved by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) and based on the SBTi Criteria and Recommendations.

In addition, RBI has set a target to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 or sooner.

The goals are part of our broader Restaurant Brands for Good strategy and intend to help us achieve business growth without emissions growth.

Learn more about sustainability initiatives at RBI

Beef Sustainability

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Green Buildings

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Forest Commitments

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