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McDonald's USA LLC
Location Oak Brook, IL
Organization Type Restaurants & Cafes
Percentage Green Power 30.0%
Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site) 100%
Organization-wide Purchase Yes
Awards/Recognition Green Power Leadership Award 2012
Environmental Web Page exit EPA
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With restaurants operating in communities around the world, McDonald’s wants to show its customers that the company is serious about being a good neighbor, using its size, scale, and influence to lead and affect positive change in the world. Recognizing that electricity usage contributes to its environmental impact, McDonald’s USA has committed to use renewable energy in its company-owned restaurants in an amount equal to at least 30% of the company-owned restaurants’ total electricity usage in 2013. This will be accomplished through Renewable Energy Certificates from national wind sources. McDonald’s USA is among the first within the ‘QSR’ (Quick Serve Restaurant) segment to participate in the EPA’s Green Power Partners program, earning the company #11 on the National Top 50 list and #8 among Fortune 500 companies in April 2012. In 2012, McDonald’s USA was awarded the EPA's prestigious Green Power Leadership Award for its commitment to expanding the use of renewables through-out the McDonald's system.

At the restaurant-level, McDonald’s USA is focusing on reducing energy usage to ensure the company can continue to operate profitably and responsibly well into the future. Multiple energy efficiency initiatives and technical innovations have reduced McDonald’s restaurants’ energy consumption. The company sees an opportunity to augment these efforts by supporting the development of renewable energy through the purchase of renewable energy certificates.

McDonald’s USA’s Director of Energy, Steve DePalo, says, “it’s very challenging to install sufficient renewable energy generation on-site at our restaurants in a way that’s meaningful to our overall energy use. We’re testing renewable energy methods at several sites. But, like many other companies, we would benefit from a robust renewable energy market. That’s why McDonald’s is choosing to invest in the future of renewable energy.”

With the rapidly evolving consumer environment, McDonald’s USA endeavors to consider environmental impacts in its business decisions and strives to demonstrate its commitment to running a sustainable business. In fact, McDonald’s has a long-track record of environmentally progressive actions. Learn more by visiting their website.


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