McDonald’s UAE to supersize energy savings by 20%

August 29, 2023 | By RetailME Bureau

McDonald’s UAE green initiatives

McDonald’s UAE is deploying integrated technologies to reduce energy costs and power consumption to decarbonize its latest flagship restaurant in Dubai with energy-saving technologies. In this regard, McDonald’s UAE is set to roll out Schneider Electric’s solutions at its 10 new branches across the UAE in addition to the current five stores within its network.

The partially solar powered Umm Suqeim 2 branch features electric vehicle (EV) charging ports, a smart grid to optimise energy consumption and an integrated building management system, delivering real-time insights to improve energy efficiency. These solutions are estimated to assist McDonald’s UAE in achieving up to 20% in energy savings and an average reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30% through renewable energy such as solar and eMobility solutions.

“Our energy conservation efforts are geared towards the benefit of our planet and are crucial to our operations at McDonald’s UAE. As such, we welcome partners with whom we can explore the possibility of feeding into a circular economy, and champion a sustainable mindset across our restaurants. Starting with the launch of our restaurant at Umm Suqeim 2, we are eager to bring to life to smart energy consumption plans with Schneider Electric and draw from its established expertise in power system management, resulting in reduced carbon footprint across the nation,” said Walid Fakih, CEO, McDonald’s UAE.

Responding to the demand for rapid decarbonisation, Schneider Electric will enable McDonald’s UAE to make an impact by deploying three integrated solutions that will save energy costs, power consumption and enhance the company’s environmental compliance. As part of the solution, an all-in-one electric panel solution will provide plug and play secure power connectivity with smart monitoring and power diagnosis across the building’s electrical distribution system.

The new restaurant is fully equipped with Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Building Operation software. The building management system features a digital dashboard that provides an integrated view, monitoring and control of heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, energy and power, fire safety, security and access, as well as workplace management systems. With this solution, McDonald’s UAE will be able to use the virtual dashboard to make more informed, insight-based decisions when consuming energy on a day-to-day basis.

The next layer includes Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure for Retail – an IoT-based retail management platform – that offers McDonald’s UAE’s alarm and condition monitoring, restaurant optimisation, data analytics as well site performance benchmarking. This solution will improve traceability and increase the energy optimisation of refrigeration, HVAC and lighting systems. The solution also manages solar management and electric vehicle charging to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills.

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