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Coal Action Network welcomes Fonterra's Coal exit

Coal News - Published on Fri, 19 Jul 2019

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Coal Action Network Aotearoa welcomed Fonterra’s commitment to build no new coal plants, a “no brainer” for the climate crisis the world faces. The group has been urging this transition for six years now and says it is glad Fonterra has finally listened. However, the group warned the dairy giant should also not turn to gas as an alternative, as it had almost the same carbon footprint as coal. Any new fossil fuel plant will have an expected life of 40 years, taking us well past the carbon zero target date. In terms of alternatives, there are large quantities of waste wood from forestry just left to rot which could be put to use on some sites.

Mr Cindy Baxter of CANA, said that “With this commitment to get out of coal, Fonterra has joined other members of the dairy industry, and we welcome it. Given the climate crisis it is time to stop drying milk with coal, something that has appalled visitors to the country - but they cannot make the switch to gas”

Fonterra vies with Huntly power station as the country’s second-largest coal user, burning upwards of 534,000 tonnes of coal a year.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Fri, 19 Jul 2019
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