Fonterra targets net zero emissions by 2050

14 Nov 2017
Renee Graham, Communications Manager

Fonterra has today announced ambitious new targets to help New Zealand achieve its Paris Climate Agreement commitments.

It aims to reduce on-site and on-farm emissions and meet a target of net zero emissions for it global operations by 2050, with a 30% reduction by 2030 from a 2015 baseline.

Abbie Reynolds, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council, says it’s important not to underestimate the significance of this step by Fonterra.

“Reducing agricultural emissions will be one of the biggest challenges of the transition to a low emissions economy in New Zealand.

"Net zero emissions by 2050 is an ambitious and challenging target.  It shows strong leadership, and will be welcomed by many New Zealand businesses.”

The announcement was made at the UN annual climate conference known as #COP23. 25 thousand governments, organisations and businesses are this year attending the talks.

Read more about Fonterra's plan and partnership with the Ministry for the Environment here.