What are carbon emissions
Carbon dioxide emissions are a type of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission. Other greenhouse gases, like methane and nitrous oxide, are even more potent than carbon dioxide. Our calculations include all of the different types of GHGs, and we roll them up into “carbon dioxide equivalents” (CO2e).
CALCULATING OUR INGREDIENTS CARBON IMPACT
HowGood calculated the on-farm carbon impact of each of our ingredients based on how they were sourced. For example, the rotational grazing of cattle or the purchase of organically grown ingredients helps reduce net emissions by sequestering carbon in the soil where the animals graze or reducing the use of synthetic fertilizers.
How We back it up
We partnered with HowGood, an independent research company, with the world’s largest database on food sustainability. They assessed each of our 53 ingredients and compared them to the industry average agricultural impact against five key metrics (reduced carbon emissions, antibiotics avoided, water saved, improved soil health, and supported organic land). For carbon specifically, they also relied on these three resources for measurement.
International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment Journal of Cleaner Production EcoInvent Life Cycle Assessment Database v3.6
average Carbon impact across each of our 53 real ingredients based on our leading sourcing standards as compared to conventional ingredients.
We compared our greenhouse gas emissions from the source to the bowl or burrito against the industry average to calculate your Real Foodprint carbon score. We’re committed to continuing changes in our supply chain to drive the biggest positive impact.
THE BIGGEST IMPACT
These thoughtfully-sourced Chipotle ingredients had the biggest positive impact on carbon emissions of all of our 53 ingredients, and are listed in the order of their carbon savings.
Room for Improvement
Though Chipotle’s responsibly-sourced beef helps to bring down greenhouse gases, it’s also our highest-emitting ingredient. We’ll continue to improve our impact through beef that’s raised responsibly and from increasing the proportion of our suppliers using rotational grazing, which helps reduce carbon emissions. Though logistics and operations are not included in Real Foodprint, we will also continue to seek opportunities to reduce the carbon impact of our supply chain, logistics, and operations. We are committed to continuing to publicly disclose our carbon footprint and adopt an overall long term, science based, GHG emissions reduction target.
CONSERVATION EFFORTS WE’RE MAKING
BEYOND OUR INGREDIENTS
Learn about some other ways we are continuing to drive sustainable impact.
WHAT ELSE WE'RE WORKING ON
Our new line of Chipotle Goods are thoughtfully made from the inside out with a variety of apparel items made from 100% organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and recycled cutting scraps. In addition, 100% of profits go to support organizations that are making apparel and farming more sustainable.
Of our more than 2,600 restaurants, 91% of them recycle.
In 2019, more than a quarter of our total restaurants composted. Up from 31,469 cubic yards in 2018, we composted nearly 37,000 cubic yards in 2019.
In 2020, we’re on track towards our goal to divert 50% of our waste from landfills. How we’re getting there takes everything from recycling to upcycling. For example, in 2020 we launched a limited time product line dyed using avocado pits collected from our restaurants.
5% Reduction OF Inbound Truckloads
Through more strategic logistics, we were able to decrease the number of trucks used to get our food and materials to our distribution centers by 5% last year despite our double digit growth.
Almost half of all of our waste is recycled, or 1,465,490 cubic yards.
We’re proud to grow our diversion of waste from landfills to 47%, up from 42% in 2018.
Calculate your real foodprint
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