Fonterra, one of the country’s three largest burners of coal and a leading greenhouse gas polluter, could switch to biofuels – but at a financial cost.
Former Green Party co-leader and environmental activist Jeanette Fitzsimons said Fonterra risked damaging its reputation “as a company that trades (on) being clean and green”.
She said it could switch to more energy efficient and environmentally friendly biofuels to power their milk processing plants.
For the most recent year that data is available (2013) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, New Zealand’s largest company used 410,000 tonnes of coal to turn liquid milk into powder, earning total revenue of $22 billion in 2014. Altogether the dairy industry burns 512,811 tonnes of coal.