The US coffee giant plans to build and retrofit 10,000 Greener Stores globally by 2025 in a bid to reduce energy and water usage across its 37,200 stores
A Starbucks store at Nova Iguaçu Shopping in Rio de Janeiro | Photo credit: Starbucks
Starbucks has announced the certification of its first 18 Greener Stores in Brazil, designed to use energy and water more efficiently.
The outlets, spread across 14 cities, adhere to the Starbucks Greener Store Framework which seeks to reduce global carbon emissions, water usage and waste sent to landfill by 50% by 2030.
The outlets are equipped with 100% mercury-free LED lighting, which reduce energy use by up to 50%, and use air conditioning with inverter technology, which improves energy efficiency by up to 40%.
“It is with great pride that we announce the certification of not one, but 18 Starbucks Brazil stores as Greener Stores. This is an important milestone for us, in line with the brand’s global commitment to a resource-positive future, aiming to reduce our environmental impact by half by 2030,” said Claudia Malaguerra, Managing Director, Starbucks Brazil.
In April 2023, Starbucks certified 3,500 Greener Stores in over 20 markets, marking a significant step in its bid to build and retrofit 10,000 Greener Stores globally by 2025.
The Seattle-based coffee chain has previously pledged that all its stores in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will be built under the Greener Stores framework from the end of 2023.
Starbucks opened its first in Brazil in 2006 and has operated in the South American country via Sao Paulo-based franchisee SouthRock since 2018.
In March 2023 SouthRock announced plans to open its first Starbucks stores in the Brazilian states of Ceará, Goiás and Pernambuco this year, as it draws nearer to 200 Starbucks stores nationwide.