Reducing our footprint

Making one small change can have an environmental impact around the world.

Starbucks is a big company with the potential to make a big environmental impact. That’s why we’re working with our partners (employees) to constantly find ways to reduce our environmental footprint.

Energy Efficiency

Energy use in our stores makes up roughly 80% of our footprint, so we have the responsibility to implement energy efficient technologies that make commercial and environmental sense.

In Europe, each new store is designed, constructed and operated to LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards. For existing, non-LEED certified stores, we have carried out in depth energy audits to be more efficient with our lighting, heating, ventilation and cooling systems.

We have also installed new electricity meters in our stores to help our partners record daily energy use and identify areas where we can reduce energy consumption.

Renewable Energy

As part of our commitment to sourcing renewable energy through our purchasing practices, we are part of the RE100, a global initiative that will help us work towards using 100% renewable energy across our stores.

Since joining RE100, we have secured renewable energy contracts in the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria

Climate Change

The effects of climate change are hard to ignore – for our coffee farmers this is causing erosion in available land, shifts in harvest patterns and infestation of unexpected pests and coffee rust.
The effects are hurting their businesses, communities and livelihoods.
This is why we are a founding member of the Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy (BICEP), and are working with Conservation International [LINK] to include climate-smart agricultural practices as part of our Coffee and Farmer Equity (C.A.F.E.) practices.
With our partners and farmers, we are committed to preserving the natural resources that make our coffee and our world so great.