Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - January 21, 2020
Starbucks sets 2030 sustainability commitments
Starbucks committed in a letter from their CEO Jan. 21 to reducing carbon emissions in their direct operations and supply chain by 50% by 2030, in addition to becoming resource positive, meaning they storing more carbon than they emit.
The coffee giant said they will formalize their 2030 goals on the company’s 50th anniversary in 2021, following an evaluation of their progress up until that point. They will also be tracking their progress through the Science Based Targets Initiative.
“This aspiration is grounded in Starbucks mission,” CEO Kevin Johnson wrote. “By embracing a longer-term economic, equitable and planetary value proposition for our company, we will create greater value for all stakeholders.”
Other sustainability achievements that the company cited in the letter include achieving a milestone of sourcing 99% of coffee ethically through C.A.F.E. (Coffee and Farmer Equity) practices, as well as becoming a leader in LEED stores through partnerships with experts at the U.S. Green Building Council.
In their sustainability commitments, Starbucks also committed to reducing waste sent to landfills by 50% and ensuring that 50% of water withdrawal for direct operations and coffee production will be conserved or replenished, focusing on communities and basins with high water risk.
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