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Climate change

Climate Change

We strive to generate changes of habit in our restaurants, in the transition towards energy efficiency and in the use of renewable materials. Through the implementation of multiple initiatives that reduce our operation’s impact on the environment, we seek to motivate other industries to take care of the planet and create a better future for all.

Our Initiatives

Environmentally efficient restaurants

We design our restaurants to be as energy-efficient as possible and to use natural resources responsibly, promoting waste sorting and separation and the use of efficient air conditioning systems.

Our guidelines
  • Installation of high-efficiency air conditioning system and environmentally-friendly refrigerants.
  • Use of programmable intelligent temperature control systems to operate when needed while ensuring guest comfort.
  • Reduction of energy consumption by of automatically switching exterior signage on and off, motion sensors to operate lights in low-traffic areas, and 100% LED lighting the restaurant.
  • Use of an accessible electricity consumption meter  to monitor usage and potentially implement additional savings initiatives.
  • Installation of insulated ceilings to minimize the use of air conditioners.
  • Reduction in the use of artificial lighting by allowing more natural light into the kitchens.
  • Usage of insulated glass designed to reduce the impact of the sun’s heat.
  • Use of energy-efficient kitchen equipment. 

Our commitment over the years 

  • 2018: energy savings reached 15%.
  • 2019: although we had 3% more restaurants, we only had a 2% increase in energy consumption.
  • Thanks to the Natal Program, deployed in more than 500 restaurants, we reuse water condensation from restaurant air conditioning units for cleaning and irrigation.
  • Use of water flow reducers in taps in restrooms and kitchens.
  • Reuse of rainwater for flushing urinals and toilets. 
  • Planting of native species that require limited irrigation.

 

Our commitment over the years 

  • More than 90,000,000 liters of water reused thanks to the Natal Program. 
  • Installation of bins in the lobby with the ability to separate liquid, dry and organic waste.
  • Installation of a garbage storage room including a cardboard separation section.
  • Use of eaves to generate shade and reduce the use of energy for cooling.
  • Usage of mechanical ventilation to refresh and guarantee the air quality of the entire restaurant.
  • Analysis of the restaurant building’s orientation to maximize of natural light and reduce the use of air conditioners.
  • Reuse of demolition materials for the construction of restaurants and other uses.
  • Use of certified wood in the manufacture of restaurant furniture.

Sustainable Development Program

We seek to transform our restaurants into information, educational and training centers for the sustainable development of the communities in which we operate. To this end, we implemented a program that brings our employees and guests closer to concepts such as conscientious of water and energy conscientious as well as waste separation, among others.

The Sustainable Development Program, guided by the “17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals”, aligned line with our global strategy to leverage our scale to generate positive impacts on society and the environment. This program is inspired by such existing and established initiatives as Open Doors, Good Neighbor and Coolture of Service.
  • In 2020, over 1,000 restaurants participated in these programs.

Eliminating single-use plastic

At Arcos Dorados, we work to eliminate single-use plastics from our restaurants while still using the highest-quality packaging.

Our strategy focuses on certain priority lines of work such as: reducing the amount of materials used in packaging through design innovation; shifting supplies towards the achievement of objectives and increasing circularity through the use of recycled materials.

Thanks to this, we were able to remove 40% of the total amount of single-use plastics from our operations.

Our guidelines
  • Elimination of plastic straws in all our restaurants. 
  • Elimination of plastic lids for hot and cold beverages served in restaurants in Argentina, Mexico and Colombia, and only providing available upon request in other Caribbean markets.
  • In Colombia, implementation of “Better in a cup” campaign, which offers non-bottled water to accompany meals. For each time guests choose water in a cup, we make a donation to The Nature Conservancy for the care of watersheds.
  • Plastic salad bowls were replaced with FSC-certified fiber-based containers.
  • McFlurry dessert spoons were redesigned to reduce plastic consumption per unit by 40%.

Our commitment over the years

2018
2019
2020

2018

We reduced the use of 200 tons of plastic with the “Straw upon demand” program.

2019

  • We reduced the use of 130 tons of plastic in Argentina and Colombia with the replacement of salad bowls.
  • In Colombia, we replaced the plastic or “styrofoam” packaging of the entire breakfast menu with paper packaging.
  • 69,000 fewer plastic bottles discarded with the “Better in a cup” campaign.

2020

We removed more than 1,400 tons of single-use plastic from our restaurants.

Carbon Footprint

Committed to minimizing the impact of our operation, we monitor greenhouse gas emissions throughout our supply chain.

Our guidelines

Arcos Dorados is part of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the global disclosure system for self-reported environmental data in the categories of Forests, Water and Climate Change.

Through the CDP Supply Chain program, we ask our suppliers to report the greenhouse gas emissions generated in the production of raw materials and the initiatives developed to reduce them.

Our work throughout the years

2018
2019
2020

2018

We were recognized for having the highest response rate achieved by a member of Latin American member of the CDP program in topics such as Climate, Water and Forest. 

2019

  • We achieved the participation of 245 suppliers, who reported a total emission reduction close to 3 million tons of CO2 equivalent.
  • We were recognized once again for having the highest response rate achieved by a member of Latin American member of the CDP program in topics such as Climate, Water and Forest.

2020

We achieved for the first time a 100% response rate to the questionnaire.

Earth Hour

We have been supporting the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) campaign for more than 10 years. Once a year, we turn off all external lights in our restaurants and offices for 60 minutes as part of our participation in this global initiative.

Our vision for the future