Starbucks joins US dairy Net Zero initiative

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Starbucks has formalized its 2030 environmental goals to cut its carbon, water, and waste footprints by half. Pic: Starbucks
Starbucks has formalized its 2030 environmental goals to cut its carbon, water, and waste footprints by half. Pic: Starbucks

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The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy has announced Starbucks’ intent to support the Net Zero Initiative (NZI), a partnership of the US dairy community seeking to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions, optimize water usage and improve water quality on farms.

Starbucks intended commitment will advance effective environmental and economically viable practices and technologies in feed production, manure handling, cow care and on-farm energy efficiency for farms in their supply chain and beyond.

Starbucks has formalized its 2030 environmental goals to cut its carbon, water, and waste footprints by half.

“Our Planet Positive initiatives have a central role in our long-term business strategy, and directly address what our customers are asking for,”​ said Kevin Johnson, Starbucks chief executive officer.

“We are moving toward a more circular economy, and we are doing so in a very intentional, transparent, and accountable way.”

The confirmed 2030 goals are intended to not only reduce the company’s environmental impact but also strengthen the entire supply chain from agriculture practices, to how stores are powered, and an environmentally friendly menu.

“We share Starbucks commitment to creating a more sustainable planet for future generations and look forward to partnering with them to reach net zero carbon emissions for dairy,”​ said Mike Haddad, chairman of the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.

“This partnership reinforces the critical role dairy plays in sustainable diets, and Starbucks participation in the Net Zero Initiative will help enable, advance and scale new technologies on dairy farms of all sizes across the country.”

NZI was founded by dairy organizations representing farmers, cooperatives and processors including Dairy Management Inc., the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, Newtrient, National Milk Producers Federation, U.S. Dairy Export Council and International Dairy Foods Association.

It is intended to help US dairy farms of all sizes and geographies implement new technologies and adopt economically viable practices.  The initiative is a pathway to reach US dairy’s environmental stewardship goals, developed by dairy industry leaders and farmers, through the Innovation Center, to achieve carbon neutrality, optimized water usage and improved water quality by 2050.

"U.S. Dairy’s Net Zero Initiative will create impact at the industry level, and supports Starbucks commitment to sustainable dairy,”​ said Michael Kobori, Starbucks chief sustainability officer.

“We are looking forward to partnering on this pioneering initiative to help benefit the U.S. dairy industry, consumers, and the planet.”

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