Sustainable Restaurants

01 Mar 2014

McDonald's® SA rolls out steel frame restaurants

McDonald’s South Africa is changing the way it builds its restaurants and has embarked on rolling out sustainable restaurants across the country.

“Not only have we lived history here in South Africa for the past 18 years, we will continue to create it. Like drive thru, hand held breakfast, 24/7 and McCafé™. McDonald’s will continue to improve, evolve and pioneer” says Greg Solomon, McDonald’s South Africa’s Managing Director. The new restaurants are built using light gauge steel and energy efficient cladding and insulation systems, which mean the restaurants, cool down and warm up faster.

McDonald’s opened its first steel frame restaurant in Cape Town and their second in Pretoria in 2013, making these the first light steel frame informal eating out restaurant of this kind in South Africa. restaurants use only LED lighting, which uses less energy, and has used environmentally friendly PVC piping.

Solomon says, “It is our responsibility to lead in this way as a big corporate, and we understand the importance of sustainable business practices to minimise our impact on the environment. We are very excited to roll out these new restaurants.”

McDonald’s have invested in many sustainability measures in its restaurants over the past two years which have included building design, making sure that natural light and heat from the sun complement a minimum air-conditioning design which form part of a programme Solomon refers to as “Project Green and Growing”. This visionary programme targets a 20% saving in water consumption, a 20% saving on electricity consumption, 20% saving on costs and 20% saving on construction time as the brand continues on its strong growth path.