Starbucks Expands Greener Store Program to 3,500 Locations - Diversified Communications

Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions  -  April 18, 2023

Starbucks Expands Greener Store Program to 3,500 Locations

Starbucks announced the certification of 3,508 Greener Stores globally, including the addition of stores in Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

The retailer expanded the program to 20 markets in an effort to reduce its environmental impact and reach its goal of 10,000 Greener Stores globally by 2025. 

The Starbucks Greener Stores Framework was co-developed with the World Wildlife Fund and its criteria include 25 performance-based standards across environmental impact areas such as energy efficiency, water stewardship, and waste diversion. 

Each Greener Store includes a different combination of sustainable features in order to obtain its third-party verification, including solar panels or water recycling tanks. Some stores have features that are less visible, such as high-efficiency appliances, low-emitting paint and sealants, recycling tampers, and energy-efficient HVAC temperature systems.  

In the U.S., the practices of Starbucks Greener Stores saved the company nearly $60 million in annual operating costs, including 30% water savings and 30% energy reduction when compared to historic store practices. Globally, these practices are part of the company’s goal to reduce carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste by 50% by 2030. 

“With a company of Starbucks scale – any one action, no matter how small, has the potential for massive impact,” said Michael Kobori, Starbucks chief sustainability officer, in a statement. “I’m so proud to see our Greener Stores framework continue to scale for good globally. The program we have created will continue to move us closer towards our resource positive goals.”  




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