Northampton, Massachusetts: January 26, 2010 — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), the world’s largest restaurant company and parent of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, announced today that it has installed a SolarWall® system on a new KFC-Taco Bell restaurant in Northampton, MA. The use of the SolarWall® technology demonstrates the Company’s commitment to increasing awareness of renewable energy, as well as Yum! Brands’ emphasis on corporate responsibility and environmental stewardship.
The SolarWall® technology is a solar air heating system that uses the sun’s energy to heat ventilation air for commercial and industrial buildings. It substantially reduces traditional heating fuel expenses and carbon dioxide emissions, requires no maintenance and lasts more than 30 years. The SolarWall® technology was invented by Conserval Engineering.
“This latest effort is a testament to the commitment we place on implementing environmentally-friendly solutions and continued research in the field of green technology,”
said Jonathan Balas, AIA, LEED AP, KFC Project Architect.
The KFC/Taco Bell SolarWall® system will displace more than 9 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and is estimated to produce approximately 100 million BTUs of thermal energy per year. This means that during the 30-year life of the system and the building, Yum! Brands will have displaced more than 270 tons of carbon dioxide as a result of this one initiative.
“In an era where a lot of companies are talking green, Yum! Brands is walking green”, says Duncan Coutts, VP of Worldwide Sales at Conserval. “Yum!’s incorporation of solar into one of their facilities highlights how they are putting environmental objectives directly into action and showcasing to the public how CO2 reductions are achievable with the design of smart buildings.
Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE:YUM) based in Louisville, Kentucky, is the world’s largest restaurant company in terms of system restaurants, with more than 36,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories. The company is ranked #239 on the Fortune 500 List, with revenues in excess of $11 billion in 2008. Four of the Company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza, Mexican–style food and quick–service seafood categories, respectively. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened more than four new restaurants each day of the year, making it a leader in international retail development. The company has consistently been recognized for its reward and recognition culture, diversity leadership, community giving, and consistent shareholder returns.