Otago Daily Times

Fon­terra in­tro­duces emis­sions pro­files

- Business · Climate Change · Food Industry · Ecology · Agriculture · Industries · Fonterra · New Zealand · Greater Auckland

AUCK­LAND: Fon­terra has in­tro­duced on­farm green­house gas emis­sions pro­files, which it says will help its farm­ers bet­ter un­der­stand where their on­farm emis­sions are com­ing from and how they can re­duce them.

Af­ter un­der­tak­ing a pilot pro­gramme in­volv­ing about 100 farms, the dairy co­op­er­a­tive is now mak­ing the in­di­vid­u­ally tai­lored re­ports avail­able to the about 9500 farms which sup­ply it milk.

Fon­terra di­rec­tor for on­farm ex­cel­lence Char­lotte Ruther­ford said us­ing data pro­vided by its farm­ers, it could es­ti­mate the amount of bi­o­log­i­cal meth­ane and ni­trous ox­ide emis­sions oc­cur­ring on each farm and the amount of emis­sions per kilo­gram of milk solids.

She said it also showed farm­ers the source of the emis­sions.

Once farm­ers had the re­ports, the fo­cus would turn to im­ple­ment­ing prac­ti­cal and sen­si­ble solutions to help re­duce emis­sions, she said.

‘‘One of the most im­por­tant steps in im­prov­ing your emis­sions pro­file is un­der­stand­ing where your emis­sions come from, and that’s what this re­port does.’’

Ms Ruther­ford said the co­op wanted to po­si­tion it­self for the fu­ture, from a reg­u­la­tory and mar­ket per­spec­tive.

‘‘As well as be­ing a very prac­ti­cal step to­ward help­ing New Zealand meet cli­mate change com­mit­ments, the En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­port sup­ports our strat­egy to meet grow­ing global de­mand for food that’s kind to the planet.’’ — RNZ

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