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KFC eyes “zero-carbon” restaurant concept by 2040

The fast food giant’s updated climate action strategy also seeks solutions to reduce embodied and operational carbon from its venues.

KFC UK and Ireland is planning to develop a “zero-carbon” restaurant’ by 2040, the company revealed as part of an updated climate action strategy.

The company’s other commitments in their ‘Behind the Bucket’ plan include becoming a “circular zero-waste business” across its food, packaging, and materials by 2035.

The fast food giant said it will work with the University of Liverpool’s Zero Carbon Research Institute as part of a collaborative project to plan out working models of restaurants with zero carbon impact.

The initiative will also delve into solutions to reduce embodied and operational carbon from KFC’s venues through on-site and purchased renewable energy, low-carbon building materials, and other low carbon technologies.

Experts will compare live data on emissions and energy use from KFC branches with simulated scenarios to analyse and identify decarbonisation solutions and strategies.

KFC UK&I has also signed up to the British Retail Consortium’s net-zero roadmap, developed to transition the industry to net-zero by 2040. It is also a founding member of the Zero Carbon Forum’s new coalition of hospitality businesses.

“It’s incumbent on us all to address the climate emergency and combat the long- and short-term effects of global warming on the environment and on people,” KFC UK & Ireland managing director Paula MacKenzie said.

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