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Green Buildings

Greenhouse Gas Emissions

We embrace our responsibility to reduce the impact that our business has on the environment and the resulting greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change. In 2020, we will begin to measure and understand the carbon footprint of our brands around the world, and establish reduction targets for Burger King and Tim Hortons restaurants in Canada and the US.


Sustainability through Restaurant Design

In order to help us and our restaurant owners reduce their environmental footprints, we have developed design standards that incorporate the use of leading industry products and practices in both new restaurants and updates to our existing locations. We will continuously design, build and operate our businesses to be more sustainable, using our restaurant design standards to reduce energy consumption, water use, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and waste.

Continuing innovations in areas such as lighting, water systems, cooking equipment and menu displays allow us to lessen our impact on the environment while simultaneously improving the guest experience in our restaurants. Some examples of sustainability-focused restaurant design standards for our brands around the world are included below:

Tim Hortons, Canada and US:

  • LED lighting is standard throughout the restaurant to cut down on electricity use.
  • Restaurants also leverage daylight-harvesting lighting to reduce energy use.

Burger King, US:

  • LED lighting is standard throughout the restaurant to cut down on electricity use.
  • Restaurants have transitioned from paper towels in the restroom to hand dryers which eliminates paper waste.
  • Restaurants have transitioned from high volume flow faucets to low volume faucets with sensors to help reduce water waste.

Burger King, Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA):

  • LED lighting is standard throughout the restaurant to cut down on electricity use.
  • Use of native plants in the landscape
  • Use of high efficiency rooftop heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems to reduce energy consumption

In addition, select Burger King restaurants in the EMEA region are testing the following:

  • Installation of electrical car battery chargers for use by guests
  • Use of solar panels to generate electricity for the restaurant

Our Restaurant Support Centers

We are also working to reduce the use of water, energy and waste in our corporate offices around the world, known as Restaurant Support Centers. Our Restaurant Support Center building located in Miami is proudly LEED Certified, and has added bike racks and electric car chargers for employees. Across our four global Restaurant Support Centers we have also transitioned to the use of reusable cup systems, and eliminated the use of non-biodegradable packaging to reduce waste.