New Zealand, Australia, Processing, fries, chips, Sustainability, Trends

McCain switching from coal to woodchips to make potato chips in New Zealand

A $5.6 million project to eliminate CO2 emissions and reduce demand for heating fuel at McCain’s Timaru factory in New Zealand will soon use woodchips to make potato chips.

As Yashas Srinivasa reports for, the company is converting its boiler from coal to domestically sourced woodchips, which will help McCain reduce its carbon emissions by approximately 30,000 tonnes per year as part of its objective to avoid coal use by 2025.

The Timaru plant’s manager Jordan Jurcina said this will be one project in a group of projects to reduce carbon emissions at McCain. “Once the project is commissioned next week, the Timaru branch will be the first carbon zero McCain plant in Australia and New Zealand.”

The company’s engineering project manager Lenard Smythe said the initiative was a positive step forward and an opportunity for it to continue innovating to reduce its carbon footprint.

In recognition of the project achievement in meeting the Government’s sustainability objectives, McCain has been awarded GIDI (Government Investment in Decarbonising Industry) funding on a co-investment basis.

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Photo: Lenard Smythe, left, and Jordan Jurcina pictured with the pile of woodchips at McCain’s Timaru factory which will be used to power their boilers from next week. Credit and courtesy

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