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Fonterra shows that biomass can replace coal for processing

Fonterra shows that biomass can replace coal for process heat

Bioenergy Association congratulates Fonterra on its move to use wood fuel at its Brightwater dairy factory.

“The Bioenergy Association congratulates Fonterra on its move to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 25 per cent at its Brightwater site by converting the site boiler to co-fire on wood biomass.”

Brian Cox, Executive Officer, says the Brightwater boiler conversion is evidence Fonterra is serious about its commitment to reduce absolute emissions by 30% by 2030, and transition towards net zero emissions by 2050.

“Fonterra is ahead of its 2019 target to demonstrate wood biomass co-firing at scale, and is another step further in its phased approach toward renewable energy sources”

“The move to wood biomass as an energy source signals a confidence in the bioenergy sector and is good news for the wood fuel supply market.”

“Co-firing wood with coal is a good transition strategy and assists the wood fuel supply sector to increase capacity in an orderly fashion. This is critical for encouraging wood fuel suppliers to take on more staff and expand their ability to deliver specified grades of wood fuel.”

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About the New Zealand Bioenergy Association

The Bioenergy Association helps its members to develop and grow their bioenergy businesses, raises awareness of the benefits of bioenergy and provides the latest information about the bioenergy sector, both in New Zealand and internationally. www.bioenergy.org.nz

Its Vision is for 25 percent of New Zealand’s consumer energy supply to be from bioenergy, including 30 percent of the country’s transport fuels, by around 2040.

Bioenergy Association Accredited Wood Fuel Suppliers work to best practice standards. Information on wood fuel supply is available from www.usewoodfuel.org.nz .


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