Fonterra to heat with wood

Posted on Thursday 15th November 2018

Wood could play an increasingly important future in replacing a certain amount of coal in a number

of Fonterra dairy factories around New Zealand.


But the company says it doesn’t expect to be able to run plants fully on wood.


Fonterra has been looking at ways to reduce its carbon footprint and has plans to switch from using

Coal, which is used in many of its factories around the country. Using renewables, such as wood

chip, could play a part in that transition, it says, but will generally be limited to co-firing.


That’s because many dairy factories are sited away from ready wood sources and Fonterra says

emission reductions can be quickly eroded when wood has to be trucked over long distances.


Fonterra will shortly start running its Brightwater plant near Nelson on a mix of coal and wood chip

And says this combination is likely to be repeated elsewhere.


Any increase in wood chip is seen as a positive for utilising forestry waste streams and putting more

money back into the industry.

Wood chip is to be used in Fonterra dairy factories to replace some coal.

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