Co-operation within Fonterra is just as important when it comes to identifying and solving environmental problems.
Recently our Pahiatua team received a judge’s commendation at the 2018 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards for their water recycling initiative. They joined forces and made some fairly simple engineering adjustments. As a result, the site now saves half a million litres of water a day – that’s the equivalent to 18 tanker loads.
Similarly, combined and cumulative efforts across our operations have enabled us to continue to reduce manufacturing energy intensity. To date we’ve saved enough energy to power a city the size of Tauranga for 43 years and are within a stone’s throw of reaching our 2020 target to reduce energy intensity by 20% (from a FY03 baseline).
As we head into 2019, I know we’ve still got a lot of work to do when it comes to tackling climate change and supporting New Zealand’s contribution to keeping temperature rise to a minimum. Our latest sustainability report highlights some areas where we need to step up, so it’s important we hit the new year with our eye on the ball.