Beyond the food and packaging, the places where our customers enjoy our offerings – our restaurants – have an impact on the environment as well.
While McDonald's already has green components in our existing restaurant standards, we strive for continuous improvement and are working to enhance our currently strict building standards for our restaurants around the world. As these standards are being developed, several of our markets, including France, Canada, Germany, Brazil, Costa Rica and the U.S., currently have plans in place to install and track the performance of new sustainable features to improve energy efficiency in restaurants. Many markets are also already operating or planning to build and open restaurants that feature environmental attributes.
The full range of elements featured vary by location, but generally, our focus is on innovation and efficiency in the design and construction of the restaurant; reduction of energy and water use in equipment and operations; incorporation of green décor options in the restaurant; and practices that enhance indoor air quality and promote natural lighting.
To read more on areas of the world and individual markets making strides in this area check out: