US-based restaurant chain Chipotle Mexican Grill is piloting an all-electric restaurant design as part of its efforts to cut 50% of its direct and indirect greenhouse gas emissions by the end of 2030.

The restaurant will be powered by 100% renewable energy generated from solar and wind parks via the purchase of certified renewable energy credits.

Chipotle’s responsible restaurant design concept includes rooftop solar panels, heat pump water heaters, compact electric cooklines, cactus leather chairs, biodegradable cutlery, straws, bowls and lids as well as electric vehicle charging stations.

It will feature energy-efficient equipment and systems to help the restaurant move towards science-based goals, devised in alignment with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The restaurant company recently opened two outlets with these new features in Gloucester, Virginia, and Jacksonville, Florida.

It intends to launch a third location later this summer in Castle Rock, Colorado, with an aim to have all-electric equipment at more than 100 of its new outlets in 2024.

Chipotle chief corporate affairs officer Laurie Schalow said: “With our aggressive development goal in North America, we hold ourselves accountable to reduce the environmental impact of our restaurants.

“We are aiming to incorporate some elements of our responsible restaurant design into many of our new restaurant openings going forward.”

In February 2023, Chipotle announced that it will launch its new fresh eatery concept, Farmesa, at Kitchen United Mix food hall in California.