Commercial, GHG Emissions - March 24, 2021
Starbucks adds carbon neutrality in green coffee processes to 2030 goals
Starbucks announced March 22 an acceleration of its carbon reduction goal, now planning to achieve carbon neutral green coffee processing by 2030.
Last year the company committed to an overall 50% reduction in carbon within ten years, in addition to being “resource positive.” To achieve these carbon goals, the coffee giant will focus on three main strategies: equipping farmers to help decarbonize its supply chain, promoting and distributing disease-resistant coffee tree varieties and protecting and restoring at-risk forests in key coffee-growing regions.
“With coffee at our core and sustainability always a part of our philosophy, this has been a journey fifty years in the making led by the passion of our Starbucks leaders and partners who believe in our mission to inspire and nurture the human spirit,” Michelle Burns, Starbucks’ svp of Global Coffee, Tea and Cocoa, said in a statement. “And it’s because of our strategic partners, our industry allies, our like-minded suppliers who have also made sustainability a priority and who have helped us, as well as the industry, to think bigger, hold ourselves accountable and reimagine what’s possible.”
In addition to its carbon reduction initiatives, Starbucks’ 2030 sustainability vision included water conservation efforts to improve the environmental impact of its coffee growing. Burns also announced that the company is targeting a 50% reduction in its water use in green coffee processing and is investing in water processing technology and machinery to make it more efficient.
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