Energy use in our stores makes up roughly 80% of our entire carbon footprint.
Here at Starbucks being green is part of our DNA, we are a company focused on reducing the environmental impact of our operations in the communities we serve in. It’s something our stakeholders and customers expect of us and an area we see the value of investing in.
We recognize that the electricity used to light, heat, cool and power our equipment in store, presents an opportunity to implement energy efficiency technologies, this is something that makes both commercial and environmental sense. We understand the need to invest now to save the future and it’s an approach we are currently focusing on.
In the last few years we’ve made significant progress in understanding and developing new strategies to reduce our energy consumption both in new and existing stores. All of our company owned, new stores across Europe are designed, constructed and operated to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. (See Building Greener Stores page for more info)
To understand the energy efficiency opportunities across the estate we have been carrying out in depth energy audits across our stores to help identify further energy efficiency opportunities in lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling systems, building controls and our equipment.
In addition to reducing energy usage, we are increasingly focused on advancing the development of renewable energy sources through our purchasing practices. We hope to help transform the energy landscape by supporting the development of the renewable power market.
In September 2015, we announced our global commitment to sourcing 100% renewable electricity across our company owned stores by joining the RE100 initiative.
RE100 is a global initiative designed to engage, support and showcase influential companies committed to using 100% renewable power.
Over the last year we have become increasingly focused on advancing the development of renewable energy sources through our purchasing practices. We are aiming to help transform the energy landscape by supporting the development of the renewable power markets such as wind generation and solar farms. We are making great progress, and have renewable electricity contracts in place in the UK, France, Germany and the Netherlands. We hope to achieve this 100% target in the coming years and are excited to be a part of the RE100.