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Panera has announced its intention to remove more carbon from the atmosphere than it emits by 2050, alongside several intermediate goals for 2025, in a press release Wednesday.
Panera plans to improve the sustainability of its menu items, implement 100% recyclable, reusable and compostable packaging, and increase its purchases of renewable energy in the next four years. Company-owned stores will use 50% renewable energy by 2025.
In 2020, the company began to offer “Cool Foods” on its menu, which are offerings that meet a World Resource Initiative standard for climate friendly foods. Panera said 60% of its entrees will be considered Cool Foods by 2025.