Our milk tankers travel over 100 million km per year, collect milk from a farm every nine seconds, deliver that milk to a factory every 24 seconds and we close the doors on a shipping container of product every three minutes. Product that goes to millions of consumers in more than 100 countries around the world.
We have set a target of net zero emissions for our operations by 2050, because tackling climate change is a critical issue and we are committed to doing our part to help New Zealand meet its international climate commitments.
Today, roughly a third of our sites rely on coal as their main source of energy. Making the change away from coal isn’t as simple as flicking a switch. In the South Island, for example, there are no gas or feasible alternatives available and so we rely on the use of coal in our plants to process our farmers milk.
We are already taking steps:
Our Brightwater site near Nelson has switched to co-firing biomass, helping reduce CO2 emissions by 25 percent, or about the same as taking 530 cars off the road.
We’re trialing fuelling our Te Awamutu site with woodchips, which could reduce our carbon emissions by around 84,000 tonnes per year, or about the same as taking 18,500 cars off the road.
We’ve given up our mining permit at Mangatangi in the Waikato and sold nearly 50 percent of the land acquired there for coal mining (296 hectares).
Fonterra’s and New Zealand’s continued success on the world stage is reliant on a clean, sustainable environment and continuous improvement in the production and transportation of our products.