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I am researching about four organisations energy policies which are: McDonalds, Tescos, EDF Energy and British Gas.

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________________ Energy Policy Research four organisations that uses Energy Policies In this assignment, I am researching about four organisation?s energy policies which are: McDonalds, Tesco?s, EDF Energy and British Gas. I will be researching all four organisations but I will explore McDonalds in more detail depth. I will state each energy policy and criticise as well as justifying them. McDonalds http://ts1.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1219786911624&id=b3a4f0e66a93a6167c8855f7c046dcd1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.thedividendpig.com%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2f2011%2f03%2fmcdonalds-logo.jpg McDonald?s energy policy sets targets for reducing energy consumption. How the energy savings will be achieved. ?We recognise that our energy and water consumption make a significant contribution to our environmental impact. That is why we aim to: Minimise energy consumption in our restaurants. Minimise the amount of water in use in our restaurants and ensure the wastewater leaving our restaurants is of a high quality.? Taken from: http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ourworld/environment/energy.shtml - No Author Accessed on 17/10/2011 This shows that McDonalds have set targets for reducing the energy consumption. Also they believe that customers who come into the restaurant can help reduce the energy consumption by turning the car engine off when idling for long periods in the car park. McDonalds have set two targets for reducing their energy consumption, which I have stated above and they are trying to succeed and meet the targets that they have set. The policy that the McDonalds have carried out in practice is successful, as they have met the targets that they have set. The restaurant reduced the energy consumption by providing waterless urinals and these waterless urinals have been installed in 450 McDonald?s restaurants, and are part of the on-going refurbishment program. Also they have cleaner water discharge, which means environmental Biotech drainage systems are being rolled out to suitable restaurants to combat grease and improve the quality of our discharge water. Moreover, McDonalds has sonic alerts and these are fitted on the kitchen grills and the sonic alerts are to remind staff to return them to their standby energy saving position after use. ...read more.

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The refurbishment program is how the McDonald?s restaurant is redecorated and in different McDonald restaurants the refurbishment is different. For example: the Oxford Street?s McDonald is more modern and as it?s situated in Central London, there are a large number of customers coming to the restaurant, so the restaurant needs to be well refurbished so that customers will be coming in, whereas a McDonald?s restaurant in small towns like Cambridge and Oxford are not well refurbished as it?s a small town and not many customers come to the restaurant. The two images show that I have shown above supports my example as a McDonald?s restaurant in Oxford Street the Europe?s busiest shopping street, so there are many people that will coming there, so there is a high chance of customers coming into that McDonald?s restaurant. This restaurant is well refurbished and it looks modern, whereas the McDonald?s restaurant in Banbury?s Bridge Street is not refurbished as the restaurant is still painted white outside and blue/grey/brown inside as it was since 2002. This type of restaurant is still like in the olden days, so it wouldn?t be busy like the restaurant in oxford circus. Also they have cleaner water discharge, which means environmental Biotech drainage systems are being rolled out to suitable restaurants to combat grease and improve the quality of the discharge water. Moreover, McDonalds has sonic alerts and these are fitted on the kitchen grills and the sonic alerts are to remind staff to return them to their standby energy saving position after use. McDonalds uses less energy in all their restaurants and they use low energy lamps and have light level sensors installed to control external lighting. All new lighting systems also have high frequency fittings. To criticise this, there are 1,190 McDonald?s restaurants in the UK, but only 450 McDonald?s restaurants have been provided the waterless urinals and this shows that the McDonald?s energy policy is not a very good policy and it is not reliable. ...read more.

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Litter ?At McDonald's we were the first to introduce Daily Litter Patrols in all our restaurants. So whatever is dropped, we make sure it?s picked up.? Taken from: http://www.mcdonalds.co.uk/ukhome/Ourworld/Environment/Litter.html - No Author Accessed on 17/10/2011 This shows that McDonald?s restaurant are trying in every way that is possible to save the amount of waste that comes and go out of the restaurant. McDonald?s commitment is to tackle litter in as many different ways as we can. As well as daily litter patrols, they also hold regular big tidy litter events, together with the keep Britain tidy groups across the country. The packaging carried by McDonalds always carries an anti-littering symbol to actively encourage their customers to dispose of their litter responsibly. Also to save the amount of litter going out of the restaurant, they provide litter bins outside all their restaurants and they are one of the biggest sponsors of council provided litter bins in the UK. Conclusion I have researched about four organisations that uses energy policies and I chose one of these organisations which is McDonalds and I have researched this in detail and I have pointed out the positive and negative points of the energy policy that McDonalds uses. By doing this research, I have found out that it?s good and motivating for the employees that are part of McDonalds that some companies are making energy policies as they are setting targets to improve the company. This shows that the company will get a good reputation and it will be a well-known company by everyone as its meeting its intentions and it?s trying to find out ways to develop the company. In order to develop, the companies can still do more about the energy policies. For example: McDonalds can improve their energy policy by providing the waterless urinals in all their restaurants in the UK, rather than only providing the waterless urinals to 450 restaurants. ...read more.

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