Fast food giant McDonald’s announced that 25 of its stores in the Philippines are now installed rooftop solar power. The company expected to save around 546,000 kW of electricity annually. It will also reduce the stores’ electricity consumption by 36% compared to branches that do not use solar panels.
These stores with solar panels are located in Nuvali in Stanta Rosa, Arayat in Pampanga, and Mambungan in Antipolo. The shift to solar power is part of the chain’s Green & Good initiative, which aims to reduce its negative environmental impact.
McDonald’s Philippines CEO Kenneth Yang said, “Our goal is for our stores to become sustainable developments that feature sustainable restaurant solutions that enable waste reduction, energy conservation, upcycling, and inclusive dining solutions.”
The company said that it is plans to increase the total number of Green & Good stores in the country to 130. The chain currently operates 700 stores nationwide.
McDonald’s Philippines opened its first Green & Good stores in Manila and Mandaluyong in 2020. Its six flagship Green & Good flagship branches are equipped with solar power, rainwater harvesting tanks, LED lights and a more efficient air conditioning system.
The fast food brand also said that its 6 flagship stores consume 102,000 fewer liters of water every year.
In addition to Green branches, McDonald’s Philippines has also been minimizing its waste by replacing its plastic packing packaging with 60% paper or fiber based packaging.
The fast food chain has also equipped some of its stores with Bike and Dine areas where cyclists can eat while sitting on their bikes. A select few of these areas also include an e-charging station for two-wheel electric vehicles.