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Yum! Brands reports progress in cutting emissions, invests in circularity


The company has prioritized efforts at reducing its emission footprint within its business as well as its supply chain.

In a statement Yum! Brands said, it is committed to sustainable growth and is making progress in addressing issues that it faces vis-à-vis climate change; it also reported progress in renewable energy and in efforts aimed at reducing emissions in its restaurants. It is investing in circularity.

“In recent years, we have further prioritized our climate work. In 2021, we set our first science-based goals (SBT) and are committed to our ambition to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We will reduce Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions in our company's restaurants and offices in the 46% from 2019 levels and we will work along our value chain to reduce Scope 3 emissions by 46% from 2019 levels by 2030 on an intensive basis,” reads its 2021 Sustainability report.

To this end it has conducted a thorough assessment of each area of its our greenhouse gas emission impact, and has gone through its options to mitigate them; this includes areas of influence both within its business, such as office and restaurant efficiency, as well as within its supply chain, such as agricultural and land use practices in animal husbandry.

Within its Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions, its on-site restaurants represent 89% emission while its offices represent 11%. Through this exercise, Yum! Brands has also learned that 76% of its supply chain emissions come from food purchased from the meat industry, specifically - poultry, beef and dairy.

Having worked closely with its brands, franchisees, suppliers and producers Yum! Brands is pushing to further reduce the emission footprint of its restaurant business as well as those from poultry, beef, dairy packaging.

The following are highlights from its 2021 Recipe for Good report
  • “After a multi-year process of data collection and impact analysis across our entire value chain, we announced our first SBTs in 2021. • Delicious! launched a global study of renewable energy markets in 2022 to identify and invest in low-carbon solutions in restaurants around the world.”
  • “To educate and engage with suppliers on greenhouse gas issues, we joined Supplier LoCT, a training program where we focus on reducing emissions from beef, poultry and dairy to support our scientific goals.”
  • “Various partnerships and programs with suppliers, NGOs, governments and industry are underway to combat deforestation and its associated risks.”
  • “A harmonized packaging policy has been created for all brands, focusing on eliminating unnecessary packaging, changing materials, supporting better recovery and recycling programs and investing in the circular economy.”
  • “Less than 1% of reported plastic packaging is EPS as we move closer to our goal of 100% EPS elimination by the end of 2022.”