Burger King UK sets ambitious targets for carbon emissions reductions by 2030

Last updated: 26th April 2021

Carbon Intelligence is proud to have supported Burger Kings UK’s in setting their ambitious targets, now approved by the Science Based Target Initiative in line with current best practice and placing it amongst the top tier of UK businesses for commitment to sustainability.

The targets are underpinned by science that has determined what is needed to prevent the most damaging effects of climate change, consistent with the goals of the Paris Agreement to limit global warming to well-below 2°C above pre-industrial levels, and pursue efforts to limit warming to 1.5°C.

Burger King UK has committed to:

  • Reduce absolute scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions 100% by 2030 from a 2019 base year.
  • Reduce scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions from purchased goods and services, capital goods, upstream transportation and distribution, waste and franchises 41% per restaurant by 2030 from a 2019 base year.


Nicola Pierce, Head of Strategy & Responsible Business at Burger King UK said “We’re incredibly proud to be announcing our science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. At Burger King UK, we are making transparent, scientifically sound and crucially important changes to our business, in order to achieve the necessary strides to limit global warming.

We’re conscious of the scale of the challenge and intend to achieve our goal through industry collaboration and working with expert external stakeholders who can inform our key business decisions. Sustainability is at the core of Burger King UK’s values and the way we operate will continue to reflect those beliefs.”

Alasdair Murdoch, CEO of Burger King UK® said “This is a landmark day for Burger King UK®, as we embark on the next phase of our journey towards improved sustainability. Our commitments to reduce carbon emissions are rooted in science, and have the capability to affect real change. We hope that by leading the charge in the industry, others will follow to reduce emissions and in doing so, we will be protecting the planet for future generations.”

Jovontae Catline, Senior Analyst at Carbon Intelligence said “We’re proud to have supported Burger King UK in setting science-based targets, which are one of the most credible ways a company can demonstrate climate action. Burger King is setting a great example of how to use the power and influence that comes with being a global brand to reduce emissions throughout its value-chain”


Burger King UK® has outlined a collaborative approach to achieving its target, that is three-fold. It has pledged to work with its suppliers, supporting them in reducing their own carbon footprints. The chain has also joined forces with other hospitality operators to establish the Zero Carbon Forum that aims to identify a reduction pathway to net zero emissions across the sector.


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Carbon Intelligence considers setting a science-based target as one of the strongest and most credible ways a company can demonstrate their commitment to tackling climate change. We are proud to have now worked with 1 in 3 UK companies on their approved science-based targets. Find out more here.

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