The North American Logistics Sustainability Team has continued to make great progress in our efforts to fight climate change. According to the EPA, in 2018, 28% of the total US greenhouse gas emissions came from the transportation sector. With this in mind, and to support McDonald’s Scale for Good, the NALC has committed to lowering our emissions significantly.

Every member of the NALC now has approved greenhouse gas targets aligned to meet the Paris Agreement. Each company is targeting approximately 40% carbon reduction per ton delivered by 2030 from a 2015 base year.

To reach these targets, each NALC member will strive for innovation and efficiency through continuous improvement across their respective business operations. Beyond gaining efficiencies with our traditional diesel operations, our members are adopting alternative fuels, investing in renewable energy, and committing to annual external reporting.

Alternative fuels will play a significant role in our strategy. We are partnering with original equipment manufacturers to be ready once electrical class 8 trucks become commercially viable. Until then, our fleets have been switching to other more carbon-efficient fuels such as biodiesel mixes and renewable natural gas. Currently, over 18 DCs in the US use these alternative fuels today!

Renewable energy will be an important area of focus for our NALC members as we continually evaluate and purchase alternative, sustainable sources of electricity – solar, wind, and hydro-power.   Not only will these improvements help reduce our carbon footprints, but in addition, these investments will support carbon improvement of the general US electricity grid. Anderson-Dubose’s facility in Lordstown, OH is finalizing the installation of solar panels which are expected to supply 21% of their electrical needs. Martin Brower is leading a large-scale, renewable electricity power purchase agreement (LSRE PPA) effort, which has the potential to result in the entire North American network becoming carbon neutral. This would result in 50,000 tons of carbon savings annually while helping transition the US grid towards renewable energy.

To maintain this momentum, 2020 marks the first year of consistently reporting our carbon reduction efforts through the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). CDP is a global disclosure system for investors, companies, and municipalities to manage their environmental impacts. Going forward, we will be reporting our annual progress through this group.  

We’re encouraged by the progress we’ve made, and even more excited about the value we will bring to the McDonald’s system as we work together in supporting the Scale for Good to drive real change and create a more sustainable tomorrow.

Danny Fahey

Climate Change Commitment

Carbon Footprint Breakdown

Scope 1 & 2 – Transport and other direct carbon emissions

Scope 3 – indirect carbon emissions, primarily inbound logistics


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