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Yum China commits to the science based targets in climate action efforts

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SHANGHAI, China – Yum China Holdings, Inc announces that it has signed the Business Ambition for 1.5⁰C Commitment Letter, as part of the global Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), that helps companies establish science-based targets to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and transform business operations to fit the future low-carbon economy.

In committing to the SBTi, Yum China pledges to align its business with the most ambitious aim of the Paris Agreement, to limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels and reach net-zero by 2050. The company firmly supports these goals and recognizes its responsibility to minimize the risk climate change poses to the future of the planet. Specifically, Yum China will define a target and roadmap to reduce GHG emissions along its value chain based on SBTi criteria within 24 months.

“As we move further along our climate action journey, we are stepping up efforts to become a company committed to net-zero emissions,” said Joey Wat, CEO of Yum China. “In order to transform sustainability challenges, such as climate change, into opportunities, Yum China will continue to collaborate with stakeholders across the value chain.”

As part of its sustainability strategy to create a responsible ecosystem, the company actively identifies and assesses energy use and GHG emissions across its value chain. In 2018, the company set a target of reducing restaurant energy consumption and GHG emissions by an additional 10% by 2025 compared to the 2017 baseline. Through the application of innovative energy saving initiatives and technologies, Yum China reached this target ahead of schedule in 2020. In 2019, the Company formulated a climate change strategy which defines methods and measures for energy and GHG management, green building design, and rainforest conservation. The Company is stepping up its climate efforts by committing to Science Based Targets, signaling the next phase of the Company’s climate advocacy.

Yum China will continue to be transparent in communicating its progress around climate and energy practices. In addition to publishing an annual sustainability report, the company will also disclose its climate impact through CDP, a global non-profit charity that runs the world’s leading environmental disclosure system.

Learn more about Yum China’s environmental and sustainability work here.