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

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