Israeli authorities are looking to cut emissions at the world’s biggest fast-food chain by 40% as part of efforts to save the environment.
The company has already slashed its carbon footprint in half in recent years, but this week, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) said it will start phasing out the use of palm oil by 2018.
The move will mean that McDonalds restaurants around the world will be forced to switch to healthier foods, according to the Jerusalem Post.MEP chief Yossi Ben-Ari said in a statement that “McDonalds is committed to a cleaner environment and it is clear that the company has made a mistake in its past.”
It said the move will be implemented “in line with the company’s commitments” to environmental protection and food safety.
Israel has pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26% on its path to a 75% reduction by 2050, but it has been criticised by environmental groups for not doing enough to tackle deforestation, deforestation by cattle and other animal-based industries, and the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
“The MEP has chosen to step back from its own environmental and food-safety commitments by phasing in the end of the use and production of palm-based products, a decision which has been condemned by all major animal rights groups,” the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem said in its annual report last year.
“It’s a mistake, but we cannot say the same thing about the multinational corporation McDonalds.
The world is watching, and McDonalds is now part of the problem.”
The new move comes just months after McDonalds announced it would slash the use by 2020 of some of its most popular products, including the chicken nuggets and fries, and to phase out the production of animal products by 2019.
Its announcement also came as Israel’s top environmental official urged McDonalds to cut the use from its stores by 2020, saying the company was “making a mistake”.
“We need to make a big effort to improve our environment and the environment is an environmental problem that is bigger than McDonalds,” Environment Minister Yoav Galant said last month.
The Israeli environmental agency said that the move would “allow McDonalds [to] focus on its core business, which is creating and distributing food to customers and to support the environment.””
The company should reduce the use.”
The Israeli environmental agency said that the move would “allow McDonalds [to] focus on its core business, which is creating and distributing food to customers and to support the environment.”
However, the company insisted it would not change its ways, and said it was committed to “making the environment our priority”.
The move follows a pledge by the fast-casual chain last month to slash the amount of palm oils used in its restaurants by 60% by 2020.
McDonald’s has also pledged to reduce the amount it uses in its supply chains by 70% by 2025.