Starbucks Announces Renewable Energy Plan

Starbucks has announced that it is committing to buying 5% of the electricity for US stores from renewable power sources. The press release from Starbucks states that they will be purchasing wind energy through energy certificates. The power will be generated by approximately 11 large-scale windmills, and it is estimated to cut emissions by two percent in its stores. The change, while modest, will put the company into the current top 25 U.S. purchasers of renewable energy. However, other companies such as Whole Foods, Staples, Kinkos and BMW, are already in the top 25, and purchase 10% of their energy needs from renewable sources.

"Starbucks is mindful of the long-term implications that climate change has on the environment," said Sandra Taylor, Starbucks senior vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility. "Because the energy used at our retail stores makes up nearly 50 percent of our total greenhouse gas emissions, this is a natural starting point for us. By supporting renewable energy sources we believe we are taking a step in the right direction and encourage other businesses to do the same."

[By Justin Thomas]

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