CHICKEN restaurant Nando’s will help save thousands of trees in Africa in a fresh push to go green.
The chain is also putting extra vegetarian food on its menus to try to slash its carbon emissions.
It plans to balance its carbon-heavy meat dishes with major environmental projects around the world.
Nando’s today vowed to go carbon neutral by the end of the year and reach net zero, meaning no carbon dioxide would be pumped out at all, by 2030.
All its restaurants across England, Scotland and Wales are now running on 100 per cent renewable energy and it will take part in carbon-offsetting projects across South Africa, the home of its famous chillies.
The chain will team up with the Kariba Forest Project in Zimbabwe, which works to stop trees being cut down.
The pledge comes as its restaurants opened across England yesterday thanks to lockdown rules finally being relaxed.
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Although chicken will still be on the menu for meat fans across Britain, the chain hopes the new menu will tempt more veggies and vegans to go for a “cheeky Nando’s”.
Colin Hill, Nando’s CEO for UK and Ireland, said: “When our customers eat at Nando’s, we will support projects in Southern Africa that cut carbon emissions equivalent to those associated with their meal.”
It came as ministers revealed their new plans to slash emissions by trebling the amount of trees planted by 2024.