Fonterra targets water savings

By Jim Cornall

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Fonterra's Darfield plant is one of six manufacturing sites aiming to reduce water use by 30% by 2030.
Fonterra's Darfield plant is one of six manufacturing sites aiming to reduce water use by 30% by 2030.

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More than 3.4bn liters of water will be saved every year if new water targets Fonterra launched this week are achieved.

The New Zealand dairy cooperative has announced six manufacturing sites in water-constrained regions will reduce their water use by 30% by 2030 as part of its move to accelerate sustainability to the heart of its strategy.

Fonterra chief operating officer global operations, Robert Spurway, said, “Water is a precious resource and we can’t take it for granted. For some parts of New Zealand, water isn’t always in the right place at the right time, and our water use in these regions can put stress on local water sources and the communities that rely on them.

“Reducing our water use at our manufacturing sites is the right thing to do for the environment and for the communities we operate in. That’s why we’ve set this new target, which will save billions of liters of water.”

The six sites are Maungatoroto, Lichfield, Brightwater, Darfield, Edendale and Clandeboye.

Spurway says taking a targeted approach will ultimately result in better efficiency and outcomes.

“We’ve focused on the six sites where major water savings can have the greatest impact. This means we can target efforts and investment into those regions most in need.”

All other sites across Fonterra’s entire manufacturing footprint will take steps to keep water use to FY18 baselines.

“Some initiatives are under way with more in the pipeline. This target will require some clever ideas and creative thinking. But our site teams are already rising to the challenge,” ​Spurway said.

Other sustainability targets Fonterra has announced include no more coal boilers or increasing capacity to burn coal; reducing emissions by 30% across all manufacturing operations by 2030, on the way to net zero by 2050; improving the energy intensity of sites by 20% by 2020; no solid waste to landfills by 2025; 100% recyclable, reusable and compostable packaging by 2025; a tailored Farm Environment Plan for every Fonterra farmer by 2025; and farm-specific emissions reports for every Fonterra farmer by the end of this season.

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