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My Daily Digest: March 31, 2021

Chasing climate targets Submissions on the Climate Change Commission’s plan to decarbonise the economy are rolling in, with Fonterra pledging to end coal and gas use in processing by 2037.

That’s positive news. Dairy companies around the world, perhaps nudged by sterner climate regulations than ours, have also made some lofty goals for the future.

Many of those companies are acting along the supply chain, but Fonterra’s submission suggests that on-farm emissions – 90% of the co-operative’s total – will be covered through He Waka Eke Noa, the industry strategy.

It has recently incentivised its farmer-shareholders in the form of a payout bonus for hitting sustainability targets.

It’s a difficult path to plot. Fonterra’s customers and rivals are moving quickly to respond to clamour for climate action.

But its farmers need to know they’ll not be left behind through this period of change.

Fonterra’s in a good place, its milk is far more sustainable than that of other processors internationally. It needs to keep it that way.


Bryan Gibson


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