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Starbucks opens first Greener Store in Taiwan

The Shalu Beishih drive-thru outlet features electric vehicle charging stations, digital signage, water recycling and energy-efficient appliances

Starbucks Shalu Beishih store in Taichung City | Photo credit: Starbucks


Starbucks has opened its first Greener Store in Taiwan as part of its wider initiative to halve carbon emissions, water usage and waste sent to landfill across its global store footprint by 2030. 

The Shalu Beishih outlet in Taichung City meets the 25 performance-based standards of Starbucks’ Greener Stores Framework, which is designed to accelerate the transformation towards lower-impact retail footprint. The site features digital signage to reduce paper usage, water recycling for irrigation and energy-efficient appliances. 

In a press release Starbucks said the drive-thru store is also the first store in the Taiwanese market with electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. 

The Seattle-based coffee chain certified its first Greener Stores in the Asia Pacific region in April 2023 at sites in Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Starbucks has certified over 3,500 stores under the framework globally across more than 20 markets. 

Starbucks launched in Taiwan in 1998 and currently operates more than 560 outlets in the east Asian market. The coffee chain opened a store built from 29 recycled shipping containers in Taiwan in 2018 at Hualien Bay Mall, which is considered a precursor to the Greener Stores Framework. 

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