Starbucks Coffee Company recently announced its intention to implement LED technology into a large number of its locations worldwide. Under the banner of its LED Lighting Conversion Program, the coffee giant has initiated the conversion of incandescent and halogen bulbs to LEDs in all company-owned stores in the U.S. and Canada, and has already completed installation in more than 1,000 U.S. locations, according to a company press release.
Furthermore, Starbucks will expand the program to international markets in March 2010, aiming to complete installation in more than 8,000 company-owned stores around the world by the end of 2010. Following global implementation, Starbucks projects a 7 percent per-store reduction in energy use. This improvement will contribute toward the company’s goal of achieving a 25 percent reduction in energy use by the end of 2010.
The LED Lighting Conversion Program is a branch of the company’s larger environmental stewardship initiative, Starbucks Shared Planet. According to their web site, “It’s our commitment to do things that are good to each other and the planet.” In addition to the environment, Starbucks is also committed to the ethical sourcing of their products as well as being positively involved in its local communities.
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