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SOURCE Arby’s Restaurant Group, Inc.
'Efficiency Matters' Helps Restaurants Lower Energy Use Intensity
ATLANTA, July 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. (ARG), franchisor of the iconic quick-service sandwich chain with nearly 3,400 Arby's® restaurants worldwide, today announced energy reduction savings as part of a company-wide effort to lessen environmental impact. The sustainability efforts are a key component in Arby's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) strategy to be a responsible and "ResourceFULL" corporate citizen.
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. achieved a 7.6 percent reduction in Energy Use Intensity (a unit of measurement for analyzing a building's energy use) as a result of a variety of energy initiatives implemented in 2013 as part of the Efficiency Matters program. Efficiency Matters is a cost-saving energy management platform developed to help improve efficiencies in restaurants and reduce energy consumption and associated environmental and community impacts.
"ARG is committed to the reduction of energy usage within our restaurants," said George Condos, ARG President and Chief Operating Officer. "As a Brand, we strive to continuously improve our performance and work towards energy-efficient best practices where cost-effective. Managing energy as a controllable expense gives Arby's a competitive advantage, improves the bottom line and helps us to be responsible corporate citizens. In short, efficiency matters."
In 2013-2014, ARG focused on eight key energy initiatives, including:
ARG continues to showcase good stewardship by minimizing the impact on the environment through the efficient use of energy. Between 2011 and 2013, the company made the following energy and resource savings:
To achieve these savings, ARG implemented a number of energy efficiency upgrades including the following lighting enhancements in restaurants with plans for more:
Overall, the sum of the savings between 2011 and 2013 has provided significant environmental benefits equivalent to:
ARG's energy efficiency partners, including Ecova and Powerhouse Dynamics, have been instrumental in helping the Arby's brand realize these cost and energy savings. ARG has set a goal of achieving 15 percent Energy Use Intensity reduction by 2015 in company-owned restaurants (vs. a 2011 baseline) and plans to achieve the energy reduction goals with guidelines and initiatives to:
About Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc.
Arby's Restaurant Group, Inc. is a leading international quick-service restaurant company operating and franchising nearly 3,400 restaurants worldwide. Arby's was the first nationally franchised, coast-to-coast sandwich chain and has been serving fresh, craveable meals since it opened its doors in 1964. The Arby's Brand strives to inspire smiles through delicious experiences. We are on a never-ending quest for the perfect sandwich, starting with the Classic Roast Beef and French Dip to the deli-style Market Fresh® line of sandwiches and salads. Visit Arbys.com for more information and to connect with Arby's on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram and other social media channels.
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