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Chipotle plans to ditch gas grills at 100 new locations

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An electric grill at a Chipotle location in Jacksonville, Florida. | Image: Chipotle

Chipotle is switching from gas to electric grills at many of its locations as part of a plan to design more environmentally sustainable restaurants.

In 2024, Chipotle plans to open up at least 100 new locations that “utilize all-electric equipment,” the company announced yesterday. The fast food chain has a goal of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, which is in line with what’s needed globally to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.

Gas stoves have been at the center of a fight to make homes and buildings less polluting. For decades, the fossil fuel industry has fed consumers “cooking with gas” campaigns — going as far as to pay Instagram influencers to harp on how much they love their gas stoves.

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