Fonterra is a foundation customer for our biofuel
Since early 2014, Fonterra has worked closely with Z as a foundation customer for the new B5 biodiesel, helping Z introduce the lower carbon fuel to New Zealand. The farmer owned co-operative is committed to making a difference by reducing its emissions as well as supporting other Kiwis so they have the option to make better energy choices. Lower emission sources like biodiesel are in keeping with Fonterra’s energy strategy and are one of a range of ways that the co-operative is looking to adjust its carbon profile in the years ahead. This initiative with Z is an effective way for Fonterra to integrate carbon savings into its supply chain almost immediately.
Fonterra tankers are a familiar sight on New Zealand roads, travelling thousands of kilometres every day. The Co-operative’s 500 tankers cover more than 80 million kilometres of New Zealand roads annually – and that takes a lot of fuel.
Using B5 biodiesel in its tankers has the potential to bring an almost 4% reduction in emissions from each truck over the course of a year, which will in turn reduce the co-operative’s carbon costs. Because B5 is a drop-in fuel, Fonterra’s trucks can use it wherever it is available around the country, but not have any issues should standard diesel be the only option. Fonterra says the initiative with Z is important to them because of the co-operative’s commitment to reduce its own carbon emissions while also supporting Z in making B5 more widely available for the benefit of New Zealanders.