We're also aiming to reduce the environmental impact of all our manufacturing sites. By working together, we strive to achieve nature-positive outcomes, realise the full potential of sustainable dairy nutrition, and create goodness for generations to come.
Riparian areas are where waterways and land meet. Regenerating these areas helps to reduce erosion, filter nutrient run-off, enhance eco-system health and support land and freshwater biodiversity. Fonterra farmers have fenced 99.6% of their waterways on farm. The planting of native trees and plants along waters also helps to filter out contaminants and stabilise steep banks and we have worked with farmers to encourage these activities.
Together with farmers and industry partners, we are working to improve our already fertile soils. The FEPs that we produce for farmers include recommendations on soil health management. Actions taken on farm around riparian management also help with soil health and by participating in initiatives to plant native and restore wetlands, our farmers are working to help take care of the land, which in turn, takes care of all of us.
To address evolving consenting standards.
And we're working towards a 15% reduction in absolute water use by 2030 from a FY18 base year.
On the way to 100% by the end of FY24.
All outcomes as of 31 July 2023.
Our Maungatūroto manufacturing site has been working with nature to reduce its water usage by up to 25%. The water extracted from milk is directed through a natural wetland before being treated and reused on-site. By recycling up to 700,000 litres of water a day, the site has reduced its reliance on local water sources. Thanks to this success, Maungatūroto won the inaugural Environmental Sustainability Project Award at the 2021 Water NZ Awards.
At our Te Awamutu site we installed a new DAF (Dissolved Air Floatation) unit as well as a new membrane filtration unit. This and other upgrades have improved the discharge quality of wastewater.
At our Tirau site we installed an anoxic tank, and converted a pond into a second aerobic pond. This has improved the quality of water entering the local waterway.
At Whareroa, we installed a DAF unit to remove dairy fats and protein from wastewater.
At Clandeboye, we successfully trialled equipment and subsequently constructed a full-scale plant to remove dissolved inorganic nitrogen.
Over the past 10 years, we have partnered with New Zealand’s Department of Conservation through the Living Water programme to demonstrate how farming and freshwater can thrive together.
Beyond the five Living Water catchments, we support farmer and community action across Aotearoa New Zealand through our Hapori Programme, helping them achieve their environmental priorities and nurturing the national movement on catchment restoration. We accelerate this mahi (work) by partnering with New Zealand Landcare Trust, Trees for Survival and Trees that Count.
We are also partnering with iwi, councils, central government, scientists and other primary sector organisations to ensure our productive landscapes are fit-for-the-future and adapting to the rapidly changing climatic conditions. One example is our partnership with Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Murihiku Rūnanga and Land Information New Zealand to Reimagine the Mataura River.