Starbucks First Greener Store in Latin America Certified in Chile
- Located at Paseo Los Dominicos in Santiago, Chile, the retrofitted store was designed to use 50% less water and produce 20% less carbon to help Starbucks realize its global sustainability goals.
- Starbucks aspires to build all new stores in Latin America and the Caribbean under the Greener Stores framework by the end of 2023.
Santiago, Chile – Starbucks, in partnership with local business operator Alsea, today announced the certification of its first Greener Store in Latin America and the Caribbean at Paseo Los Dominicos in Santiago, Chile. Announced last year, the international expansion of Starbucks open-source Greener Store Framework accelerates the transformation of retail towards lower-impact stores that support the company’s goal to reduce carbon emissions, water usage, and waste sent to landfills by 50% by 2030.
“Our work to be a more sustainable company begins in our stores and with our partners, whose energy and passion for sustainability push us to do more every day,” said Michael Kobori, Starbucks chief sustainability officer. “The expansion of our Greener Store standards internationally enables even more customers to join us on our journey. I’m proud of our green apron partners in Chile and the innovative ways they’re adapting existing stores to the Greener Store Framework to help us reduce our environmental impact and accelerate the global movement towards a more sustainable future.”
The Los Dominicos store has been designed to meet the framework’s performance-based standards that incorporate design and extend throughout the life of a store, including a water reuse system and low-consumption toilets and taps that cut water usage by 50%.
To reduce the amount of energy needed to power the store, artificial intelligence adjusts the lighting and air conditioning based on natural lighting and temperature, with estimated energy savings of nearly 20%. The store also offers recycling areas for waste produced in-store and furniture and finishes made with recycled content.
“In Chile we have assumed with great momentum our responsibility to take care of the planet we share. This store is one testament to our commitment to give back more than what we take from the environment – all these small changes at the store-level, taken together, can have a tremendous impact, and we invite our customers to join us,” says Claudia Aburto, Brand Manager Starbucks Southern Cone.
For more than 50 years, Starbucks has bought the finest quality, ethically-sourced arabica coffee from Latin America, and the brand also marks the 20th anniversary of its local retail presence with the certification of the region’s first Greener Store. Starbucks will continue to expand its Greener Store portfolio around the world, with the aspiration to build all new stores in Latin America and the Caribbean under the Greener Store framework by 2023.