Fonterra’s eco-efficiency programme continues to develop and incorporate best practice into new and existing manufacturing operations across New Zealand.
Operating sustainably is a foundation of our success and we are actively committed to reducing energy emissions and waste. We seek to prevent water pollution and improve water efficiency. We aim to improve our performance each year in these priority areas.
In the 2014 financial year, Fonterra New Zealand’s operations used 42 million cubic metres of fresh water and recycled or reused 6 percent of total use. This is an increase of two million cubic metres on the prior year, mainly as the result of more milk being processed and a new processing plant coming on stream. Water use per tonne decreased by over two per cent. As Fonterra builds new capacity we are committed to investing in resource efficient plants. Our Australian operations used 3.2 million cubic metres of water in the period 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014, compared to 3.7 million cubic metres of water in the prior period. The water use was reduced per tonne of production by eight per cent, primarily due to product mix decisions. Our Darnum site is water efficient and can harvest and reuse water when manufacturing skim and whole milk powders.