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Synlait water results slip in second sustainability report

3rd December 2020 By Bridget O'Connell | | @foodtickernz

Synlait Milk’s second annual sustainability report shows deteriorating water, wastewater and solid waste results although positive progress was noted on energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions.

The report for the year to 31 July, revealed that the diary giant’s so called off-farm water results – representing waster usage at its manufacturing sites such as Canterbury’s Dunsandel and Auckland – moved significantly further away from its 2028 targets.

Total off farm water consumption had risen 46% against the 2018 baseline, while off-farm wastewater discharge and total nitrogen discharge also rose by 33% and 37% respectively.

A note in the results said that the increase could be explained by “the evolution of our product mix in favour of more water-intensive products, such as lactoferrin and freshmilk.”

It added that the company’s roadmap for water usage and waterwater treatment at its Dunsandal factor “will aim to reverse this trend by FY28.”

Chief executive Leon Clement, alongside director of sustainability and brand, Hamish Reid also commented on the result noting that the company needs to “rapidly reverse [the trend] of worsening water, wastewater and solid waste indicators.”

On a more positive note they added:  “In this second Sustainability Report, you will read of environmental projects on farm and off farm that will deliver positive results over time.

Per tonne of product, our energy usage, coal consumption and offfarm greenhouse gas emissions are already decreasing compared to our FY18 base year. Similarly, our on-farm greenhouse gas emissions and nitrogen loss per kilogram of milk solids are showing year-on-year reductions.”

Synlait achieved B Corp certification June 2020, joining a network of other companies such as Danone and Ben & Jerry’s, that are commited to elevating people and planet to the same level as profit.

Clement and Reid added: “For us the journey to becoming a B Corp was also about understanding, at a granular level, what we were

doing well and where we could make meaningful improvements.

“We are certified but we know we still have a lot of work to do.

“Creating a future of sustainable milk nutrition is our ambition and

our value proposition. We strongly believe that sustainability pays back in multiple ways and that purpose driven companies will benefit from their commitment towards people and planet, now and in the years to come.”



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