This campaign was run in partnership with Coal Action Network Aotearoa and the petition has now closed.
Coal cooks the climate. It is the most carbon-intensive fuel. If we are to keep climate change to less than 2 degrees of warming, a goal most nations have agreed to, most of the coal that exists must stay in the ground. All coal users need to start phasing out their coal use and replacing with renewable energy.
In New Zealand, Fonterra uses more than half a million tonnes a year of coal. Worse, Fonterra is aggressively growing its coal use. Since 2008 its coal use has grown by about 38% and it is planning another big plant with 4 new boilers. [1, 2]
We are calling for Fonterra to use wood waste instead of coal in all its new boilers at its milk factories. Will you help us?
Fonterra is one of the top three users of coal in New Zealand, and they do have other options. They've just chosen to expand their use of coal instead. As a global company that trades on New Zealand’s “clean and green” image, we believe Fonterra has a particular responsibility to walk the talk at home.
Robert Spurway, the Managing Director, Global Operations of Fonterra has said they have a “responsibility to all New Zealanders for the impacts of (their) decisions”. Those impacts currently include contributing massively to accelerating climate change, which means more severe storms, droughts, floods and sea level rise. Farmers will be particularly hard hit by climate change, and dairy farmers, with their huge need for water, especially so.
If Fonterra wishes to retain a good reputation, it needs to start reducing its coal use and its carbon dioxide emissions, rather than planning a big increase of new coal boilers. Help us call on Fonterra to quit new coal and move to wood waste instead.
Anything that can produce a lot of high temperature heat can dry milk. That includes wood, other waste biomass fuels, plants like the grass miscanthus, and if technology can improve efficiency and reduce cost, eventually electricity.
The best alternative right now is waste wood – the huge quantities of forest residues that are left on landing sites in the forests after logging.
That's why we're calling on Fonterra to commit to “no new coal boilers” – that is, to use wood, not coal, in the new boilers it’s currently planning, like at Studholme. Then, we want Fonterra to commit to – and fully carry out – a programme to phase out coal boilers and move to wood waste at its existing plants as they age.
Join our call and sign the petition.
- Jeanette Fitzsimons: 'Fonterra, It’s Time To Quit Coal', The Press, Sep 22 2015
- Gerard Hutching: 'Fonterra a large scale coal user', NZFarmer.co.nz, May 26 2015
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- What does Fonterra use coal for?
- Why does it matter if Fonterra burns coal?
- Why are you campaigning against Fonterra? Don't lots of companies still use coal?
- Why do you want our forests cut down to feed Fonterra’s boilers?
- Can you even use wood in these boilers? Does anyone else in New Zealand do that?
- But surely burning wood releases carbon dioxide. So isn’t it just as bad as burning coal?
- Is there even enough wood for Fonterra to use?
- Surely Fonterra can’t stop using coal right away?
- It's all very well to tell Fonterra to stop using coal, but won't that hurt struggling dairy farmers?
- What about our economy? It depends on Fonterra!
- If Fonterra uses less coal, won’t that put even more coal miners out of work?
- Have you tried talking with Fonterra about this?
- What is Coal Action Network Aotearoa?
- What else do you do apart from campaigning against Fonterra?
- How can I get involved with CANA?