Anchor is predicting that in 2021 roughly 10 million litres of its milk will be carbonzero, following its latest initiative with the brand’s specialty milk range.
As part of its commitment to reduce its carbon footprint, Anchor’s range of speciality milks, Anchor Organic, Anchor Protein+, Anchor Zero Lacto, Anchor Silver Top, and Anchor Calci+ are now being certified as Toitū carbonzero.
Partnering with AgResearch and independent certifier Toitū Envirocare for the initiative, Anchor’s customers will still have the same delicious milk but now with the added benefits of Toitū carbonzero certification.
AgResearch measured the specialty milk’s carbon footprint by calculating the greenhouse gas emissions across the products’ full lifecycle. Toitū then verified the measurement and issued the certification which saw Anchor develop and commit to an emissions reduction plan for the range, and offset to achieve net zero emissions.
The announcement comes shortly after the introduction of ‘Simply Milk’, the first carbonzero certified milk in the Southern Hemisphere, spearheaded by Fonterra in partnership with FoodStuffs North Island. Fonterra senior manager sustainability solutions, Lara Phillips, says the recent announcements show that Fonterra is serious on acting on sustainability.
“We are committed to continuing to reduce our emissions, and in the past four years, we have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 4 percent at its fresh white milk sites. In addition, Fonterra has provided farmers with farm-specific greenhouse gas emission profiles, is working alongside farmers to develop farm environmental plans, and we have an innovation pipeline to find solutions to reduce on-farm emissions further.”
She says the company is also working to a target of 30 percent reduction by 2030 and net zero emissions by 2050 in its global manufacturing operations.
As part of the Toitū carbonzero™ certification programme, Anchor has procured carbon offsets from three high quality projects approved by Toitū.
Spanning beyond New Zealand’s backyard, Anchor’s three credit projects include native forest regeneration in Kaikoura, a windfarm in New Caledonia, and a solar energy installation in India, respectively.
CEO of Toitū Envirocare, Becky Lloyd, says Anchor’s initiative is a noteworthy step, proving that everyday household items can become carbonzero.
“We understand the impact from grass to glass, and this will help Anchor make further reductions in future. I’m very pleased to say that New Zealanders will be able to purchase Toitū carbonzer certified milk from a major, New Zealand brand.
“We are delighted to see Anchor taking a positive step forward in this space and we encourage other New Zealand businesses to jump on board and do the same.”