Wood energy for Fonterra Brightwater

Wednesday 21 Nov 2018

Co-Firing on all cylinders: Fonterra Brightwater Site to Reduce Emissions by 25 Percent - Fonterra’s Brightwater milk processing plant in Nelson is now co- firing on wood after the site’s newly converted boiler was officially switched on by the Minister of Energy and Resources, Hon Dr Megan Woods earlier this week.

The conversion slashes the amount of coal used and cuts carbon emissions at the site by around 2,400 tonnes a year – roughly the same as taking 530 (internal combustion) cars off the road.

Thanks to support from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), Fonterra has achieved a significant step in the Road Map to Transition to a Low Emissions Future, developed with the Ministry for the Environment last year.

Robert Spurway, Fonterra COO Global Operations, says the Brightwater boiler conversion is part of Fonterra’s plan to reduce emissions across all sites.

“We’ll take what we learn from this conversion and apply it to our longer-term co- firing strategy for other boilers across the country. Brightwater shows what’s possible when it comes to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels.”

Mr Spurway says curtailing emissions requires a multi-faceted approach.

“We’re serious about meeting our targets to reduce carbon emissions by 30 per cent by 2030 and net zero by 2050 across all New Zealand operations. Achieving them will involve a combination of energy options and energy efficiency gains.”

EECA CEO Andrew Caseley says that this project demonstrates how co-firing can be used now to reduce energy emissions for process heat.

“Co-firing has wide potential for replication with other businesses that use coal boilers, with the ultimate goal of replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy.”


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