Carbon-neutral coffee

In 2016, Starbucks announced that it would strive to make all of its coffee stores carbon-neutral by 2022. The company has since achieved this goal through a variety of initiatives, including energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy investments, and offsets.

Coffee chain Starbucks has announced plans to deliver carbon-neutral coffee and boost water stewardship across parts of its coffee supply chains to become ‘resource positive’ by 2030. It hopes to decrease its Scope 3 emissions by equipping farmers with precision agronomy tools that help prevent the over-use of water, fertilizer and pesticides. Starbucks will also finance and support forest conservation and restoration projects in at-risk landscapes across its value chain. It believes this will enable it to certify the ‘green coffee’ portion of its value chain as carbon neutral this decade. But the company isn’t just focussing on the environment, Starbucks is also working to make its cafes more accessible for blind and low-vision customers and will be rolling out new large-print and Braille menus in the US and Canada this year. 

As the world’s largest coffee chain, with over 23,000 locations in 64 countries, Starbucks understands the importance of taking action on climate change. That’s why we set a goal to become carbon-neutral across our global operations – including stores and roasting facilities – by 2030.

To help achieve this ambitious target; we engaged internal experts and brought on external partners versed in cutting-edge science and technology related to greenhouse gas (GHG) accounting methodologies. This allowed us to develop comprehensive strategies aimed at reducing our operational GHG footprint while also increasing sustainable sourcing for key commodities like coffee and cocoa.