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Reducing Fonterra’s Milk Processing and Distribution Emissions - New Zealand
- Fonterra faces a price for all carbon dioxide emissions from its processing and supply chain / transport operations.
- Fonterra’s Energy Reduction Project is one of the largest energy efficiency programmes in the New Zealand industrial sector. Since 2003 this project has reduced energy use by 15%, a saving of 325,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, or put another way, the electricity use of 130,000 households.
- Fonterra is reducing transport emissions by optimisation of transportation systems: more milk, fewer tankers, use of rail, use of milk concentration plants, plus use of automated scheduling
- Eliminating waste also contributes to emissions reductions. Landfill reduction target of 90% was achieved in 2009 as a result of packaging changes / recovery. The product optimisation approach has also been refined to further reduce any incidence of product waste. Recycling water also contributes to pumping / electricity cost reductions