McDonald’s M’sia invests RM60m to go green
McDonald's Malaysia

Fast-food operator to open 200 new outlets over the next decade, with RM300k to be used in each store on green technologies

By RAHIMI YUNUS / Pic By MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

McDonald’s Malaysia is expected to spend RM60 million on green initiatives in 10 years, in line with the company’s global sustainability Scale for Good strategy.

MD and operating partner Azmir Jaafar told The Malaysian Reserve that the fast-food operator is planning to open 200 new restaurants over the next decade, in which up to RM300,000 will be used in each outlet on green technologies to reduce carbon footprints.

“As a company, we are looking at every aspect (in our operations) to ensure that we contribute to a better environment,” Azmir said after the opening of the new restaurant in Setia Alam, Shah Alam yesterday.

According to Azmir, McDonald’s Malaysia had spent RM22 million to incorporate green technologies in new restaurants and retrofitted the existing ones for the past three years.

To date, 124 McDonald’s restaurants in Malaysia are now equipped with at least one green initiative.

The new branch in Setia Alam is fitted with green technology solutions such as solar photovoltaic roofing, indoor light-emitting diode lights, thermal solar water heater, rainwater harvesting system, smart thermostats and hybrid air-conditioning system.

The restaurant has reduced overall power consumption by 25% which is equivalent to a reduction of 12,699kg of carbon dioxide emission per month.

At the ceremony, McDonald’s Malaysia also introduced its first truck that uses biodiesel as an alternative fuel. The truck, which transports raw materials from warehouses to the kitchens, uses biodiesel that contains 15% constituent from processed cooking oils in McDonald’s Malaysia restaurants.

Azmir said McDonald’s Malaysia will convert its current fleet of 26 trucks, operated by logistic provider Martin Brower Malaysia Co Sdn Bhd, to using the biodiesel technology from time to time.

On other measures, it has reduced the usage of plastic bags and lids by approximately 43 million pieces per annum, equivalent to about 50,000kg of plastic material.

The company had also eliminated the use of foam packaging in all restaurants three years ago, by switching to 100% recyclable fibre materials for paper packaging.

McDonald’s Malaysia said it uses only Roundtable of Sustainable Palm Oil-certified palm oil, Marine Stewardship Council-certified fish and sustainable coffee bean supplies.

Meanwhile, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water secretary general Datuk Seri Dr Zaini Ujang said that collaborative efforts between public and private sectors are vital for Malaysia to achieve its carbon emission reduction target.

Malaysia is committed to achieving up to 45% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions intensity of gross domestic product by 2030 relative to 2005 levels after signing the Paris Agreement 2015.

Under the Green Technology Master Plan, the country aims to boost the green technology sector to RM180 billion in revenue while creating more than 200,000 green jobs by 2030.