Sustainability Report and Carbon Intensity Rankings

Is McDonald's doing their part?

Their DitchCarbon score is 64

McDonald’s has a DitchCarbon Score of 64, indicating a moderate level of sustainability in their operations. This score reflects the company’s efforts to reduce its carbon intensity relative to its peers. A higher score would suggest a greater commitment to lowering emissions and improving environmental impact.

This was calculated based on 30+ company specific emissions data points, the higher the score, the better. Check out our methodology.

Industry emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

McDonald’s is a company in the hospitality industry, which has a carbon intensity ranking of low. Some industries are more damaging than others, this ranking gives you an indication of how carbon intensive the industry is which this company operates in.

Location emissions intensity

Very low




Very high

McDonald’s operates in the United States, which has a low carbon intensity rating, indicating a cleaner energy mix. This regional advantage supports the company’s sustainability efforts by reducing the carbon footprint associated with its operations.

...this company is doing 20.57% better in emissions than the industry average.

Founded in 1955 and headquartered in Chicago, McDonald’s is a titan in the hospitality industry, renowned for revolutionizing the fast-food sector. As the world’s leading global foodservice retailer, it operates over 37,000 locations across more than 100 countries, employing approximately 1.9 million people. McDonald’s offers a menu of iconic items, including World Famous Fries, Big Macs, and Chicken McNuggets, primarily through franchises.

emission intelligence's platform recommendations for McDonald's

McDonald’s should undertake a thorough inventory of all Scope 1 emissions sources to identify and mitigate direct greenhouse gas outputs, potentially reducing their emissions by 15%.

Bad news, McDonald's hasn't committed to SBTi goals yet

McDonald’s has not yet established specific commitments with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). This means the company has not publicly outlined or committed to concrete targets for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science.
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