[26 July/NZ Herald]

There was a small protest outside Fonterra’s head office by the Auckland by Coal Action Group over the co-op’s continued use of coal in manufacturing processes. Spokesman, Peter Whitmore, said Fonterra had not done enough to wean itself off coal, despite having joined the Climate Leaders Coalition group. Fonterra was New Zealand’s second largest coal user. He said it had not taken any meaningful steps to reduce its emissions. He noted the need to rapidly phase out coal use had been clearly articulated by many scientists over a long period. Fonterra said it respected the right of New Zealanders to express their opinions. It noted the action it had taken included developing a road map with the Government to have net zero emissions in Global Operations by 2050 through the use of 100 percent renewable energy.