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Tim Hortons Says All Environmental Goals on Track, in First Sustainability Report

Tim Hortons, Canada’s largest publicly listed restaurant chain, says it is on track to meet all its environmental stewardship and supply chain targets.

Hortons, which is listed on both the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges, and operates over 500 U.S. locations, released the results in its first sustainability report.

The company said it met goals to implement a business partner and supplier code of conduct, and to develop an independent audit and verification program for its coffee sourcing. The coffee audit program will begin this year with all suppliers participating.

Tim Hortons also registered three restaurants for LEED certification, beating a goal of certifying two pilot restaurants.

The company says it is also on target to reduce packaging within its supply chain and manufacturing operations by five percent by 2012, and to cut energy and water use for all corporate buildings and new restaurant construction by five percent by 2011, from a 2008 baseline.

Tim Hortons aims to increase the fuel efficiency of its distribution fleet by 5 percent between 2008 and 2011. So far it has increased efficiency by 2.6 percent, but says it is still on target to meet the goal. In 2011 it will focus on upgrading equipment and improving driver behavior to maximize efficiency, the company said.

In 2010 the company’s direct and indirect energy use at its corporate offices, manufacturing and distribution centers rose by 19 percent compared to 2009, from 45 million kWh to nearly 54 million kWh (see chart). But direct and indirect use at Tim Hortons restaurants fell by 1.5 percent, from 962 million kWh to 948 million kWh.

Tim Hortons’ greenhouse gas emissions rose by six percent in 2010, from 227,315 tons to 240,307 tons. The company saw rises across scope 1, scope 2 and scope 3 emissions.

Energy intensity fell at corporate offices, distribution centers and restaurants in 2010, but rose at manufacturing facilities. For water intensity, this trend was reversed.

The company says that it is working to ensure that its paper cup is accepted in local recycling and composting systems. The cup is now being collected at over 650 Tim Hortons restaurant locations.

The report follows the Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) G3 sustainability reporting guidelines, Tim Hortons says, and is self-declared to Level B.

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One thought on “Tim Hortons Says All Environmental Goals on Track, in First Sustainability Report

  1. Tim Horton drive thrus are incredible…line ups of cars idling for hours all over the country! Guaranteed from 6AM until 9AM daily, a constant line up of 5 or more cars. It is really a phenomenon, you have never seen anything quite like it.

    Shame on Tim Hortons’ if you ask me. Close the drive thrus, then they are doing something for the environment.

    I suspect highly that Tim’s does not include the idling cars in their footprint measurements, both carbon and GHG. They should.

    Their product is in fact “the drive thru”, evidenced my the many satellite drive thru “restaurants” with no actual seating, just a counter and pass-through windows on either side of the building. Their product is sold with the premise that cars pull up and idle while they wait in line. An office building must cool the building in order to accommodate the tenants. Neither product, the drive thru or office space, can be “sold” without emitting GHG and producing a greater carbon footprint. Tim Hortons’ should be held accountable for this impact on the environment.

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