Reducing our Emissions


Addressing climate change is one of the most challenging global issues facing the dairy industry, and it’s a key focus for Fonterra.

A strong healthy environment is the foundation for a strong economy and sustainable dairy farming.
New Zealand is producing some of the best milk with the lowest footprint.

The carbon footprint of New Zealand’s on-farm milk supply is less than one-third of the global average and up to 30% lower than greenhouse gas footprints of European and North American milk production.

A litre of milk produced in New Zealand creates 0.91 kg of CO2 emissions – compared to the global average of 2.5 kg of CO2 emissions.

Over the last 25 years, New Zealand dairy farmers have reduced on-farm emissions intensity by about 20%. The strongest improvements were from 2007 to 2016.

There is more work to be done and we’re committed to reducing our use of fossil fuels in transport and manufacturing and finding ways to manage and mitigate animal emissions on farm.

Milk and dairy products are an incredible source of essential nutrients we need in a balanced diet, helping people lead healthy and happy lives.