Fonterra reduces reliance on coal ahead of plan.

18 Jul

https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/business/394668/fonterra-reduces-reliance-on-coal-ahead-of-plan

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FONTERRA IS WAY TOO SLOW

15 May

Cows Join Protest

11 May

Friday 10/5/2019  

A couple of cow costumes livened up the journey home for commuters passing Fonterra’s Head Quarters in Fanshawe St this afternoon. Auckland Climate Action was joined by two supporters dressed in fashionable colour-ways, the dramatic black and white Friesian, and the reliable beige and brown Jersey, dairy cow costumesas once again around 20 members and friends of ACAturned out to send a message to our biggest dairy company – that THERE IS NO PLACE IN TODAY’S CLIMATE-ENDANGERED WORLD FOR AN INDUSTRY THAT STILL BURNS COAL. 

 

By now everyone knows the atmosphere is overheating and the climate IS changing. That this directly endangers the dairy industry is well understood by all farmers. But this same dairy industry is by now right up there with New Zealand Steel in its level of coal consumption  and is using sub-bituminous coal as fuel for its factory boilers, which is more pollutant than the high-qualitycoal necessary to manufacture steel. This is not a record to be proud of. Fonterra could, and should, at least be trialling alternative methods of production including burning the forestry industry’s wood waste (which is plentiful in the north Waikato area) as a renewablealternative to local coal. Using Electricity to heat the boilers is another alternative which other dairy companies are looking at.  We call on Fonterra to please, get their act together and show some sense of responsibility towards the future generations whose only home is this lovely planet called Earth.

James-Cameron-takes-on-kiwi-farmers

11 May

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/country/388903/james-cameron-takes-on-kiwi-farmers from RNZ.

Fonterra Must Rapidly Quit Coal

10 May

Press Release

Fonterra, New Zealand’s second largest coal user, has said its goals are to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030 and to install no new coal boilers from that date. But the IPCCreport, released last October, shows that this rate of action is disastrously slow, according to Auckland Climate Action spokesperson, Peter Whitmore.

“The report says that to hold global warming to under 1.5 °C, coal emissions must be reduced world-wide by around 67% by 2030. To make this possible, developed countries, and industries like Fonterra that have other clearly available sustainable energy options, realistically need to be right out of coal by this date.”

Whitmore says that although the need for action has now been clear for decades, Fonterra’s manufacturing-related emissions, as shown in their recently released 2018 Sustainability Report, have still not yet started to fall. “The report shows that Fonterra is currently emitting over 800,000 tonnes of CO2 a year from coal usealone, which at an indicative damage figure of $150 a tonneamounts to over $120 million dollars of damage”, says Whitmore.

While their very recent move at one of their smallest plants to start co-firing with coal and wood biomass, and their announced plans to move another small plant from coal to electricity, are little steps in the right direction, they are way too slow.

Because of lack of global action, the world is now facing acatastrophic climate crisis, says Whitmore. To play its part in preserving a livable planet for mankind and other species, Fonterra needs to be right out of coal by 2030, and preferably by 2025. This requires a quantum leap in how they respond to the issue. Fonterra needs to take major action to address this, starting right now.”

 Members of Auckland Climate Action and other local groups plan to hold a protest outside Fonterra’s head office at 109 Fanshawe St (corner of Fanshawe and Halsey Streets, opposite Victoria Park, Auckland), from 3pm on Friday 10 May 2019, calling for Fonterra to immediately start taking much more rapid action to reduce its emissions.

Spokesperson

Peter Whitmore

Auckland Coal Action

021 457 465

whitmore.peter@gmail.com

Ghost of Christmas future visits Fonterra

7 Dec

Auckland Coal Action demonstrated outside Fonterra’s head office in Auckland yesterday against the company’s continued reliance on coal-fired boilers at its dairy factories around the country. The protest caught the eye of passers-by, many stopping to take photos of Fonterra’s “climate ambassador”.

Fonterra, New Zealand’s second largest coal user, claims it will quit coal, but its progress to date is much to slow.  Its current targets of “no new coal boilers installed from 2030”, and a 30% emissions reduction by that date, are way too slow to protect us from the serious consequences of climate change.

Auckland Coal Action calls on Fonterra to make these commitments:

  • No new coal-fired equipment to be installed.
  • Existing coal-fired boilers to be steadily phased out and replaced with alternatives using sustainable fuels.
  • IPCC target of 67% reduction in coal emissions by 2030 to be adopted and complied with.

We need action starting right now, not in 2030.

 

Mining industry delegates greeted by protesters on tour of Rotowaru and K1

18 Sep

Delegates from the AusIMM (Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy) conference were taken on a field trip to Rotowaro and Maramarua (K1) mines on Sunday 16 September.

At both venues they were met by protesters with the clear message that the coal must be kept underground for the sake of the climate.

This action was a joint effort between Auckland Coal Action, Coal Action Network Aotearoa with support also from Auckland Peace Action and Auckland 350.org.

The conference is being held in Tauranga on Monday and Tuesday of this week. 

 

The reception for mining industry delegates at Rotowaro Mine

At the gates of K1 Mine, Maramarua