McDonald’s APMEA (Asia/Pacific, Middle East and Africa) is expanding rapidly with the support of its supply chain partners. The McDonald’s APMEA Logistics Council (ALC) is designed to share best practices and direct advances in logistics among its partners. Recognizing the growing importance of sustainability, the ALC members (Keystone, HAVI Logistics, Digistics, and HAVI Freight Management) have partnered with The Neutral Group to develop a cohesive, region-wide, 10-year logistics sustainability strategy and implementation program.
Over the last 12 months, the ALC, with its partner, The Neutral Group, have written and developed a logistics sustainability program designed to:
- Create a solid carbon and energy baseline
- Investigate opportunities for reducing energy consumption in existing warehouses
- Determine new/existing building guidelines to lower energy consumption
- Investigate driver education and training for lowering fuel consumption in delivery vehicles
- Investigate biodiesel viability and applicability to the APMEA region
- Demonstrate early energy savings where possible (a 5 percent reduction)
Through consultation among member companies, the ALC has released recommendations and is moving ahead with their implementation. Examples of such recommendations include using biodiesel from used cooking oil in suitable markets to fuel McDonald’s APMEA’s own transportation and for dedicated third-party vehicles setting a 5 percent energy reduction goal for 2012 in absolute terms and deploying industrialized warehouse retrofit programs. To measure and report on energy and fuel usage, the ALC and The Neutral Group have also developed the Sustainability Footprint Assessment (SFA), which tracks and reports progress on an ongoing basis and evaluates how each site is faring compared to other sites in APMEA.