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Starbucks promises 50% reduction in carbon emissions in direct operations and supply chain

Starbucks promises 50% reduction in carbon emissions in direct operations and supply chain

In a public letter to all company stakeholders, chief executive officer Kevin Johnson sets 2030 science-based targets for carbon, water and waste as part of multi-decade aspiration.

Starbucks chief executive officer Kevin Johnson announced a multi-decade commitment to be a resource-positive company, aspiring to give more than it takes from the planet. The announcement included preliminary targets for the reduction of carbon emissions, water use and waste by 2030, and outlined strategies the company has identified to move toward them.

A comprehensive, data-driven environmental footprint of carbon emissions, water use and waste in Starbucks global operations and supply chain informed five strategies to prioritise work:

  • Expanding plant-based options, migrating toward a more environmentally friendly menu.
  • Shifting from single-use to reusable packaging.
  • Investing in innovative and regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation, forest conservation and water replenishment in Starbucks supply chain.
  • Investing in better ways to manage waste, both in Starbucks stores and in its communities, to ensure more reuse, recycling and elimination of food waste. 
  • Innovating to develop more eco-friendly stores, operations, manufacturing and delivery.

Johnson also outlined three preliminary targets for 2030:

  • A 50% reduction in carbon emissions in Starbucks direct operations and supply chain.
  • 50% of water withdrawal for direct operations and coffee production will be conserved or replenished with a focus on communities and basins with high water risk. 
  • A 50% reduction in waste sent to landfill from stores and manufacturing, driven by a broader shift toward a circular economy

On Starbucks 50th anniversary in 2021, the company will formalize its 2030 environmental goals based on learnings between now and then. Specifically, Johnson noted, the coming year will involve comprehensive market research and trials to better understand consumer behavior and incentives to encourage more use of reusable containers.

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