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Starbucks certifies over 6,000 Greener Stores globally

The initiative is also now extending into new markets such as India, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica.

Starbucks has announced an expansion of its Greener Stores initiative, certifying over 6,000 stores globally across 44 markets. 

The milestone, achieved in just one year, nearly doubles the number of certified stores and brings the coffee giant closer to its target of 10,000 Greener Stores by 2025, GlobalData reported.

The expansion of the Greener Stores initiative also includes new markets such as India, Hong Kong, and Costa Rica, with Starbucks' first coffee farm in Costa Rica boasting a Greener Stores-certified visitor centre café.

These Greener Stores are designed and operated to minimize environmental impact, meeting specific standards across eight key areas developed with the World Wildlife Fund and SCS Global Services, including water stewardship, energy efficiency, waste reduction, and renewable energy usage. 

In the United States alone, Greener Stores have achieved significant cost savings while reducing water use and energy consumption by 30% each compared to standard Starbucks stores. 

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Starbucks has also launched its inaugural Greener Stores of the Year program, recognizing six stores from each global region for exceeding expectations in innovation and environmental impact.

The awarded stores such as those in Lima, Peru; Tsushima, Japan; Cesme, Turkey; Williamsburg, US; Ayali Kalan, India; and Shanghai, China, showcased exemplary sustainability practices ranging from reusable cups and local sourcing to rainwater harvesting and energy-saving technologies. 

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