Starbucks First Greener Store in India named as Greener Store of the Year in Asia Pacific

Greener Stores from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam were also shortlisted as finalists

Starbucks announces the first certified Greener Store in India, located in Ayali Kalan in Punjab, as Greener Store of the Year in Asia Pacific. The global Greener Stores of the Year program awards one store in each of the six regions to celebrate stores exceeding in innovation and environmental impact. In Asia Pacific, the Ayali Kalan store was identified from a shortlist of finalists including Greener Stores from Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam markets.

The Ayali Kalan Greener Store features an electrical vehicle (EV) charging station, a rainwater harvesting system to support water conservation, and distributes its used coffee grounds to be used as fertilizer in surrounding developments. In addition to using energy and water-efficient equipment, the building is constructed using local clay bricks, advanced insulation, abundant glazing for natural daylight, and large roof overhangs with a high solar reflectance index to minimize heat gain. The store also has interactive displays raising awareness about climate change and inspiring others to embrace eco-friendly choices in their lives.

"I’m looking forward to engaging customers to let them know we are raising awareness about climate change, and the thoughtfulness we have put behind this store to reduce its environmental footprint. This award helps us celebrate and bring this awareness to our customers,” said Pankaj, store manager from Starbucks Ayali Kalan.

"This award helps us celebrate and bring this awareness to customers."

About Greener Stores

Starbucks Greener Store Framework was co-developed with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to accelerate the transformation of retail towards lower-impact stores that achieve reductions in carbon emissions, water usage, and landfill waste. Since announcing the international expansion of Greener Stores in September 2021, Starbucks implemented a global framework of design, construction, and operations standards for new Greener Stores being certified around the world.  

Meet the Finalists

Hong Kong

The Greener Store at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) focuses on reducing energy usage through energy-efficient lighting and equipment, minimizing water consumption through low-flow plumbing fixtures, and further optimizing energy and water use through IoT technology. The store also encourages responsible waste diversion practices by offering recycling bins as well as a Borrow-a-Cup program for customers.


The Greener Store at the Shops at Ayala Triangle Gardens in the Makati central business district connects customers to the development’s large, landscaped grounds, furnished with local plants, trees, and art installations. The store incorporates sustainability measures, including improved water management through efficient time-out faucets, restroom plumbing fixtures, and water filtration. Additionally, 100% LED lighting ensures energy efficiency, while advancements in air conditioning technology reduce energy consumption. Waste diversion is enhanced by recyclables sorting, donation of unsold food, and free coffee grounds for gardeners. Customers are also encouraged to bring their own reusable cup and receive a beverage discount.


Singapore’s second Greener Store is strategically located at Bird Paradise in the Mandai Wildlife Reserve, a network of five ecological parks with a robust sustainability framework, dedicated to conservation in Singapore and Southeast Asia, and empowering people to connect with nature and live more sustainably. The Greener Store is similarly designed with long-term, eco-conscious operations in mind, with responsible design, construction, and operations, including energy and water efficiency, meeting Singapore’s highest national standards. Showcasing vibrant wildlife-themed artwork by local artist duo “Rippleroot,” the store also features upcycled wood for interior finishes and external benches and planters, and large, double-glazed windows to maximize daylighting and visual connection to the park.


Vietnam’s first Greener Store at Thiso Mall is equipped with 100% LED lighting and sun shading features that reduce heat gain and energy consumption within the store. Low-emitting materials and acoustic design features contribute to a healthy environment for partners and customers. The store operates entirely on electricity and has a long-term contract to buy renewable energy certificates to offset the energy used in stores.

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