Monday, October 19, 2015

There's coal in the milk

Fonterra is now New Zealand's second-largest coal polluter:

Fonterra is now the second largest user of coal in New Zealand, using more coal than the Huntly coal-fired power station, according to new research published today by Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA).

This highlights the company’s contribution to climate change and to New Zealand’s total emissions.

Fonterra does not divulge its total coal burn, but the table below, compiled by CANA from various mainly public sources, shows it is well over half a million tonnes a year and growing rapidly.

Even without the proposed huge new coal fired milk drier at Studholme, for which Fonterra has just applied for consents, it uses more coal than the Huntly power station. With the new plant it would use more than 600,000 tonnes.

The Huntly coal-fired power station has the capacity to generate 480 MW of heat, compared with Fonterra’s combined generating capacity of 572.9 MW.

And this adds significantly to the carbon cost of their milk. When you drink Anchor (or any of Fonterra's other brands), you're destroying the environment. You might want to think about that next time you shop.