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Starbucks surpasses 6,000 Greener Stores across 44 markets globally

The Seattle-based coffee chain introduced its Greener Stores programme to 20 new markets over the last 12 months as it seeks to halve carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste across its 38,500-store global estate by 2030

A Starbucks Greener Store in Cesme, Turkey | Photo credit: Starbucks


Starbucks has nearly doubled its portfolio of Greener Stores across the last 12 months to reach 6,091 outlets across 44 markets globally. 

The Greener Stores initiative is a key part of Starbucks’ efforts to halve carbon emissions, water usage and landfill waste across its global store footprint by 2030. The Seattle-based coffee chain said Greener Stores practices have saved almost $60m in annual operating costs across the US alone, including 30% water savings and 30% energy reduction when compared to historic store practices.   

Starbucks has opened Greener Stores in 20 new markets within the last 12 months, including India, Italy, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Costa Rica – where its Hacienda Alsacia coffee farm and global agronomy headquarters is located in Sabanilla. 

The coffee chain is seeking to certify 10,000 Greener Stores globally by 2025.   

“Our big vision for the future is for every Starbucks store around the world to be more sustainable. That’s why I’m excited to see the continued growth of Greener Stores globally, driven by the passion of our partners. Starbucks environmental promise comes to life through our baristas’ daily actions which help define a Greener Store, our innovative shift toward reusable cups, and our partnership with coffee farmers on sustainable growing practices,” said Michael Kobori, Chief Sustainability Officer, Starbucks. 

Starbucks Greener Store criteria comprises eight environmental impact areas: water stewardship, energy efficiency, waste diversion, renewable energy, responsible materials, engagement, sites, communities, health, and well-being. The certification process is carried out in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and SCS Global Services.  

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