Being sustainable for the future means making sure all our restaurants are net zero in line with the UKGBC Net Zero Emissions Standard and the SBTi net zero criteria. We are starting with our new build freehold restaurants. By 2022, we will have a blueprint for new build restaurants to use low carbon materials and construction processes.
We’re proud to have opened our first restaurant built to the UKGBC net zero emissions standard in 2021 in Market Drayton. Going forward, all our new build restaurants will meet this standard. And as we refurbish our existing restaurants, we will aim to bring them up to a UK industry net zero standard for operation, keeping us on track to meet our ambition to reach net zero emissions in restaurants and offices by 2030, and our overall goal of reaching net zero emissions across our entire business and value chain in the UK and Ireland by 2040.
All the electricity we purchase for our UK and Irish restaurants is already 100% renewable from wind and solar sources. We are investing in renewable electricity plants through the use of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs). We stop used cooking oil from going to waste by transforming it into fuel that powers our delivery lorries, topped up with biodiesel from other sustainable sources, where necessary.
We want to keep our customers moving sustainably too, providing charging points for electric cars.