McDonald’s Philippines goes ‘Green and Good’

A McDonald’s restaurant in Bonifacio Global City. PHOTO FROM MCDONALD’S PHILIPPINES WEBSITE

FAST-FOOD giant McDonald’s Philippines is set to improve its “Green & Good” initiative by adopting innovative and sustainable restaurant solutions in more of its new stores in the country.

Since 2020, McDonald’s has opened two Green & Good flagship stores in Manila and Mandaluyong to test and quantify green solutions for sustainable restaurant practices. In addition to this, the company was also conducting pilot tests in its Quezon Avenue, Quezon City and Malasiqui, Pangasinan stores to explore the use of solar panels as energy sources.

Today, McDonald’s is now set to roll out its first batch of new stores in Arayat, Pampanga and Ligao, Albay, which will have these solar-powered systems. These stores are equipped with on-grid photovoltaic systems connected to the local utility grid, which is a cost-effective option to supplement energy requirements, with potentially more than 70,000 kWh (kilowatt-hour) in estimated annual power generation, which is equivalent to approximately less than 17,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions.

“McDonald’s Philippines is embarking on our journey toward becoming a better McDonald’s for the environment. Our goal is for our stores to have sustainable restaurant solutions that enable waste reduction, energy conservation and upcycling,” McDonald’s Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Kenneth Yang shared.

The new stores will also feature solar lamp posts, photo and motion sensors, and high-performance glass film as part of its utility efficiency practices, as well as eco-friendly air-conditioning for less energy consumption. Green building solutions such as light gauge steel frames, eco-panels and concrete fiber are incorporated as well.

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This year, the company projects to further expand its commitment to the environment by opening more new Green & Good flagship stores in the country and converting more of its existing stores to use solar power energy.