2 July 2013 — The colonel would have been proud.

KFC Australia has opened Australia’s first LEED certifiable fast food restaurant at East Maitland in New South Wales.

The East Maitland restaurant is KFC’s ninth LEED store globally.

The restaurant features the latest in environmentally-friendly building design, operations and technology, expected to divert more than 40,000 kilograms of waste from landfill each year, reduce energy use for lighting by around 50 per cent and reduce water use by up to 20 per cent.

KFC Australia chief supply chain officer Michael Clark said the company had been investigating more energy efficient technologies, processes and systems for several years.

“As one of the largest quick service restaurant brands in Australia we believe it is our responsibility to minimise the impact of our business on the environment we live and operate in,” he said.

“We are committed to making substantial investments in research and initiatives designed to reduce our environmental impact and to help ensure that all our new restaurants are LEED certifiable by 2015.”

NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said it was “great to see the project incorporate environmental sustainability as a key aspect of its design and I hope it will inspire local businesses to do the same”.

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting local businesses to become more water and energy efficient so they too can drive down operating costs and help the environment.”

The new restaurant features state-of-the-art recycling systems and everything, from KFC’s canola cooking oil, cardboard, bottles and cans can be recycled, with food and general waste turned into compost.

Overall energy use is expected to be reduced by at least 16 per cent, through the installation of LED lighting throughout the entire site, innovative day-light and movement sensors in strategic areas, as well as industry-leading kitchen ventilation technology.

A range of water-saving measures have also been implemented including the installation of water efficient landscaping, tankless water heaters and water conservation systems for taps, bathrooms and urinals, expected to reduce water use by up to 20 per cent.