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Fuelled by Biodiesel

  • March 05, 2019
  • 2 min read

Fonterra’s Waikato and Bay of Plenty tankers are now all up and running on biodiesel thanks to Z Energy. 

The Co-op has been working closely with Z Energy since 2014 to help introduce biodiesel to New Zealand as part of its commitment to reduce emissions across its operations.

Fast forward to 2019, Fonterra now has its 156 tankers in the Waikato and Bay of Plenty area producing 4% less emissions per year.

Fonterra farmer feeding cows with grass

Fonterra General Manager National Transport and Logistics Barry McColl says, it’s a step in the right direction for reaching our climate targets. 

“Over the course of a year, our use of 160,000 litres of biodiesel, mainly in the Waikato and Central North Island, will prevent around 425 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted."

“By working with Z Energy, we’re taking another step toward reducing our carbon footprint. We’re also supporting the commercialisation of biodiesel which will eventually help other businesses, the public and farmers use it to reduce their emissions."

We’re one of the most emissions efficient producers of dairy in the world. We’re proud of that, but we’re also up for the challenge of doing better.

Barry McColl, Fonterra General Manager of National Transport and Logistics

No modifications are needed to use the new fuel, which is a blend of up to 5% biodiesel and ordinary diesel.

Using biofuel is just one of the ways we’re working toward our target to reduce emissions by 30% across all our operations by 2030, with a goal to achieve net zero by 2050.