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McDonald’s Canada testing out tractor-trailers powered by renewable natural gas

McDonald’s Canada is currently testing out tractor-trailers powered by renewable natural gas in British Columbia.
McDonald’s Canada is currently testing out tractor-trailers powered by renewable natural gas in British Columbia.

Martin-Brower Canada (Martin Brower), a logistics service provider for restaurant chains around the world, is operating its first tractor for McDonald’s Canada food delivery services on 100 per cent renewable natural gas (RNG).

The first tractor is in operation, with an additional six scheduled to arrive later this year. The tractors are being tested in British Columbia to assess the feasibility of using them to deliver to McDonald’s Canada restaurants across Canada where possible.

“At McDonald’s Canada, we know making small changes to our supply chain can result in a big impact, which is why we’re working with our long-time distribution partner Martin Brower to help us use our scale for good,”’ says Rob Dick, supply chain officer at McDonald’s Canada. “Globally, we’ve pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050–a pledge that we are continuing to make progress towards here in Canada by investing in real and tangible changes like testing seven new Kenworth tractors powered by RNG provided by FortisBC.”

“We are committed to providing customers, like McDonald’s Canada, with a lower-carbon fuel option to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in commercial transportation,” says Mike LeClair, vice president of major projects and liquefied natural gas at FortisBC. “RNG has enormous potential to economically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation, a sector that contributes over 40 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions in the province.”

According to a media release, RNG helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions by putting organic waste to work.

“FortisBC takes advantage of carbon already in the system by capturing methane and repurposing it. RNG can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by displacing conventional natural gas in supplying energy to homes, businesses, and transportation,” the release states.

FortisBC will supply Martin Brower with up to 5,000 gigajoules of RNG over the next year, which can power seven tractors in service for McDonald’s Canada. All of these tractors will be fuelled with 100 per cent RNG to drive the vehicles.

“Our goal is to deliver innovative and meaningful solutions that help restaurants and our business create a more globally sustainable, ethical, and responsible future,” says Julie Dell’Aniello, president, Martin Brower Canada. “Integrating the first RNG tractor into our fleet is an essential step towards further minimizing Martin Brower’s carbon emissions and environmental impact.”

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