KFC UK & Ireland has upped its environmental credentials with a new net-zero greenhouse gas emission commitment.

The fast-food group publishes an updated climate action strategy which outlines plans to test its first net-zero restaurant as part of an overarching goal to achieve net-zero 10 years before the 2050 legal deadline.

The business is collaborating with the University of Liverpool’s Zero Carbon Research Institute.

The partners will initially assess greenhouse gas emissions associated with construction materials and processes used to build new venues and refurbish existing ones.

Paula MacKenzie, KFC UK & Ireland managing director, said she passionately believed that businesses must pull their weight to address the “climate emergency” and combat the effects of global warming on the environment.