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Starbucks to push customers to ditch dairy by 2030 as it moves to cut carbon footprint

 

To cut your morning coffee’s carbon footprint, skip the Frappuccino and take a plain black espresso.

 

Adding whipped cream to millions of Starbucks Corp. drinks emits 50 times as much greenhouse gas as the company’s private jet. Overall, dairy products are the biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions across the coffee giant’s operations and supply chain.

 

Those are just two findings from Starbucks’s most sweeping environmental assessment, unveiled Tuesday as the company announced ambitious goals for reducing its impact. By 2030, the cafe chain is targeting 50 per cent reductions in carbon emissions, water withdrawal and waste sent to landfills.

 

The task is immense: Starbucks in 2018 was responsible for emitting 16 million metric tons of greenhouse gases, using 1 billion cubic meters of water and dumping 868 metric kilotons — more than twice the weight of the Empire State Building — of coffee cups and other waste. The audit was conducted with sustainability consultant Quantis and the World Wildlife Fund.

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