Yum China Holdings, a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China, has reinforced its climate action efforts by signing the Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C Commitment Letter, part of the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

The SBTi supports companies in setting up science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and transform operations in line with a low-carbon economy.

How well do you really know your competitors?

Access the most comprehensive Company Profiles on the market, powered by GlobalData. Save hours of research. Gain competitive edge.

Company Profile – free sample

Thank you!

Your download email will arrive shortly

Not ready to buy yet? Download a free sample

We are confident about the unique quality of our Company Profiles. However, we want you to make the most beneficial decision for your business, so we offer a free sample that you can download by submitting the below form

By GlobalData
Visit our Privacy Policy for more information about our services, how we may use, process and share your personal data, including information of your rights in respect of your personal data and how you can unsubscribe from future marketing communications. Our services are intended for corporate subscribers and you warrant that the email address submitted is your corporate email address.

By signing this letter, Yum China pledges to align its business with the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global temperature to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and reach net-zero by 2050.

Yum China CEO Joey Wat said: “As we move further along our climate action journey, we are stepping up efforts to become a company committed to net-zero emissions.

“In order to transform sustainability challenges, such as climate change, into opportunities, Yum China will continue to collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain.”

The company said it will support these goals and focus on measures that will minimise the risks of climate change.

Over the next 24 months, the restaurant operator plans to develop a roadmap as per SBTi criteria to minimise GHG emissions in its value chain.

In 2018, Yum China set a target to lower restaurant energy consumption as well as GHG emissions by an additional 10% by 2025 in comparison to 2017 levels.

The company said that it achieved this target in 2020 by implementing innovative energy-saving methods and technologies.

The company also unveiled its climate change strategy in 2019, which included measures for energy and GHG management as well as green building design and rainforest conservation.

In January, Yum China stepped up its efforts to reduce plastic use across its brands in the country.

The company launched a series of environmentally-friendly packaging initiatives in line with the latest regulations in the country.