Mar 21, 2018

McDonald’s emission reduction goal approved by Science-Based Target Initiative

Energy Efficiency
Sophie Chapman
2 min
McDonald's is working towards a sustainable future, aiming to cut emission by 150mn tonnes
The American fast-food restaurant, McDonald’s, has set itself emission reduction goals that have become the first to receive approval from...

The American fast-food restaurant, McDonald’s, has set itself emission reduction goals that have become the first to receive approval from the Science-Based Target Initiative (SBTI).

The company aims to reduce its carbon emissions by 36% across it’s global restaurants and offices by 2030, setting 2015 as its baseline.

McDonald’s has also committed to reducing emissions produced through its supply chain during the same time frame by 31%.

Together, the targets the firm has set will reduce carbon emissions by 150mn tonnes.

Both goals have been approved by the SBTI, which has partnered with CDP, UN Global Compact, WRI, and WWF.


The groups claim that McDonald’s has been aligned with emissions reductions that are required to prevent global warming raising by two degrees.

“As a business with a presence up and down the country we take our environmental responsibilities incredibly seriously and work hard to reduce our impact on the environment,” stated Connor McVeigh, Supply Chain Director at McDonald’s.

“I’m proud of the progress we’ve made but there’s more work to do, which is what today’s announcement is all about,” he added.

The fast-food chain will predominantly target emissions generated through beef production, following its study that British farmers could averagely reduce emissions by 23%.

The company has already implemented the use of biodiesel in its transportation across the UK, as well as using renewable energy it’s in UK stores.

McDonald’s also committed to using guest packaging created from 100% recycled, renewable, or certified sources by 2025.

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Jun 7, 2021

Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage

Dominic Ellis
2 min
Commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International sign MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping

Independent commodity trading company Trafigura and Yara International have signed an MoU to explore developing ammonia as a clean fuel in shipping and ammonia fuel infrastructure.

Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050. 

How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.

Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:

  • The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
  • Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
  • Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities

Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.  

There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.

Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.

Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.

Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.

It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.

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