Arby's exceeds '15% by 2020' energy reduction goal

Arby's Restaurant Group Inc, parent company of the franchisor of the Arby's brand, announced that as of Dec. 31, 2015, it reached 15.2 percent total energy reduction per company-owned restaurant from a 2011 baseline, exceeding the "15 Percent By 2015" energy savings goal set by the Brand in 2012, according to a company press release.

Arby's also achieved an 8.6-percent reduction in water consumption per company-owned restaurant from 2011-2015.  The decrease in energy and water use during this time period resulted in $20.4 million of energy-related cost savings. Energy efficiency is a component of Arby's ResourceFULL pillar, which is part of the Brand's PurposeFULL Corporate Social Responsibility platform.

"At Arby's, we are committed to employing efficiency measures that save both energy and costs," said Paul Brown, CEO of Arby's Restaurant Group Inc.  "By exceeding our energy savings target, we've shown that there are considerable energy and water savings opportunities in the restaurant industry and we will continue to find new ways to further reduce energy and water use in our restaurants."

Average energy consumption is measured by combining Arby's electric and natural gas usage into thousands of British Thermal Units (kBtus), a standard measure of energy. The energy consumption savings realized by ARG from 2011-2015 includes a 21-percent reduction in electricity use per company-owned restaurant and a 2.5-percent drop in natural gas consumption.

The efforts driving these savings are part of the Arby's "Efficiency Matters" program, launched by the Brand in 2012, to improve efficiencies in restaurants and reduce energy consumption and associated environmental and community impacts.  In 2015, Efficiency Matters received a Top Project of the Year Award from Environmental Leader.

The program began with behavioral shifts, optimized on and off schedules, and the implementation of an energy management system, and has evolved into long-term investment projects like the replacement of HVAC units, ovens and fryers to more energy-efficient models, according to the release. In 2015, Arby's exterior lighting program received two awards from the Lighting Energy Efficiency in Parking (LEEP) Campaign: "Highest Percentage Savings in a Parking Lot (Retrofit)" and "Best Retail/Commercial Parking Facility."

Vital to Arby's energy efficiency efforts are strategic partnerships across the sustainable energy and water landscapes, including Ecova, Powerhouse Dynamics, Regency Lighting and Weathermatic, among others.  Arby's also joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Challenge in 2015 in an effort to further showcase good stewardship in energy efficiency and extend the company's savings goal.  In joining the challenge, Arby's committed to making the entire company-owned portfolio of restaurants (3.1 million square feet) 20 percent more efficient by 2020.

Topics: Food & Beverage, Going Green, Sustainability

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