The efforts of the South's largest dairy factory to lift its
environmental performance has won one of the country's top
Fonterra Edendale has won the New Zealand Clean Air Society's
annual Clean Air award, which recognises exceptional
contributions by individuals and businesses to researching
and improving the environment.
This win follows another environmental honour received by the
factory two weeks ago when it won a similar accolade at
Fonterra's site awards.
Fonterra Edendale hub manager Keith Mason said it had worked
hard and invested "significantly" to improve its
"The quality of the air discharged from the site and this
award reinforces the results we're achieving."
Its work in this area reflected the importance Fonterra
placed on sustainability and environmental performance, not
just at its Edendale plant but right through its
international supply chain.
"Our business strategy is founded on the basis of being among
the world's lowest-cost, most sustainable producers of dairy
products," he said.
"That means we're always looking at resource use and
minimising any possible environmental impacts from our
This approach was a top priority and crucial to the
industry's sustainability, Mr Mason said.
"This is an area where we can't stand still and so it was
great news that Fonterra Edendale received the top
environmental accolade at our annual Best Site awards.
"Receiving the endorsement of our local community with the
Clean Air awards is the icing on the cake."
In January this year, Fonterra announced plans to build a new
$212 million milk powder plant on its Edendale site, an
investment it anticipates with projected growth in the South
Island milk supply in the next five years.
The new plant is scheduled to start processing milk by the
end of 2009.