Rising energy costs, concern for the environment and quickly depleted sources of fossil fuels are forcing McDonald’s India to review conventional practices and develop sustainable and greener ways of meeting the needs of its restaurants. It is necessary to comply with the regulatory norms for prevention and control of pollution. McDonald’s India believes it is imperative to go beyond compliance by adopting clean technologies and improvements in management practices.
Over the years, McDonald’s India has undertaken various initiatives that have been beneficial for the environment, as well as for the industry at large. Energy-saving technologies used at McDonald’s India include:
-Superheat recovery from HVAC
-Variable Frequency Drive (VFD) technology for exhaust
-Multi-utility heat pump with contacting device
-LED lighting technology expansion
Due to the effective use of these various energy-saving technologies throughout its restaurants, McDonald’s India has reduced its environmental impact and operational costs.
The combined use of all these technologies has helped McDonald’s India reduce its energy consumption and reduce its CO2 emissions by 3,000 tons. These initiatives have saved more than $2,000 per store in 55 stores. Once the rollout reaches 150 stores, potential savings should be up to $300,000 in operational costs per year.