Sustainability

Climate change is undoubtedly one of the most pressing issues facing our society, and the food and agriculture industry plays a major role in contributing to emissions. In fact, according to the IPCC, agriculture accounts for 10-12% of all human-induced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and contributes to about 47% and 58% of total human-induced emissions of methane and nitrous oxide respectively. As a major global food industry player, we realize that we share responsibility for the impact of the food and agriculture industry when it comes to climate change.

Our Approach

Restaurant Brands International (RBI) and our brands are embracing that responsibility, and aim to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions from our business by our fair share.

To that end, we’re currently developing our first GHG emissions reduction target as well as a roadmap to reducing our impacts. To achieve this, for the first time at RBI, we measured our Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, performed our first Lifecycle Assessment of food, beverage and packaging categories globally, and using this combined data, calculated our total company GHG footprint.

Scope 1 and 2 represents RBI-owned operations: 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. We measured this via internal RBI data, and learned this makes up <1% of our total footprint, driven by distribution centers and restaurants.

Scope 3 represents all indirect emissions from franchises and the RBI value chain. We measured this via the above-mentioned Lifecycle Assessment as well as franchisee data, and learned that this makes up >99% of our total footprint, driven by franchise energy making up 15% of Scope 3 emissions, and purchased goods & services making up 82% of Scope 3 emissions. Accordingly, there is a clear opportunity to address emissions in the purchased goods & services category; specifically, our key proteins (beef, chicken dairy) comprise 67% of this scope.

Now that we’ve established our baseline, we are refining our GHG reduction strategy by reviewing our relevant emissions categories to understand and prioritize the measures that will help us achieve emissions reductions by 2030. Prioritization will be based on reduction potential and cost, and our abatement strategy will include both new initiatives as well as expansion of existing initiatives.

As a next step, we will be identifying and committing to a clear reduction target to reduce emissions.

RBI will also report on energy use and emissions annually through CDP’s Climate Survey.

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

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

Franchises

Other Scope 3

Purchased Goods and Services

Protein

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

Dairy

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

Oils and Grains

Shortening, cereals, flour

Packaging

Paper, plastic, foam

Other

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.

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