Commercial, Energy Efficiency, Sourcing Renewables - September 14, 2018
Starbucks commits to Greener Stores
Starbucks Coffee Company announced on Sept. 13 the premiere of "Starbucks Greener Stores," a commitment to designing, building, and operating 10,000 greener stores” globally by 2025.
“Simply put, sustainable coffee, served sustainably is our aspiration,” said Kevin Johnson, president and CEO of Starbucks in a statement. “We know that designing and building green stores is not only responsible, it is cost effective as well. The energy and passion of our green apron partners has inspired us to find ways to operate a greener store that will generate even greater cost savings while reducing impact.”
The statement said that as part of the "Starbucks Greener Stores" framework, the company will develop an accredited program to audit all existing company-operated stores in the U.S. and Canada against the framework criteria over the next year. The 10,000 stores include existing stores, new builds, and renovations. The framework is anticipated to save the company an incremental $50 million in utilities over the next 10 years, building on some $30 million saved in annual operating costs over the past 10 year due to the company’s utility cost savings practices.
The program’s framework will be open-sourced to enable other retailers to engage in this initiative and will be co-developed by leading experts including World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and will be audited and verified by SCS Global Services, a third-party verification organization that also oversees Starbucks Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) Practices.
Among the areas of focus for “Starbucks Greener Stores” are:
ENERGY EFFICIENCY & WATER STEWARDSHIP: Deploying technologies and practices that ultimately deliver 30 percent water savings and 25 percent avoided energy over historic store design practices.
RENEWABLE ENERGY: Powering stores by 100 percent renewable energy through investments in country-specific solar and wind projects.
HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: Designing and operating stores to create a comfortable experience that promotes wellness for partners and customers, including lighting, noise, air quality and temperature.
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