Hallelujah! For marmite fans around the world, the solution to the shortage of New Zealand’s favourite breakfast spread is here. In a press conference this morning of April the first, Solid Energy CEO Don Elder announced the launch of a new marmite substitute, ligmite. Sourced from lignite coal reserves in Southland, creating ligmite out of lignite seems to be a much more climate-friendly use for this carbon-rich resource.
State owned enterprise Solid Energy have foregone their original proposal of mining lignite for briquettes, urea fertiliser and diesel in favour of using the coal deposits to manufacture ligmite. Lignite is the least efficient and dirtiest form of coal and of all fossil fuels, contributes the most to carbon emissions. Even one lignite-diesel plant would increase New Zealand’s carbon emissions by approximately 5.5 million tonnes, which is about 15% of our current gross national total emissions.
Instead of leading the charge to reduce global emissions or even doing ‘our fair share’ this would place New Zealand as a country with an irresponsibly high level of greenhouse gas emissions. Lignite mining also has negative effects on the local environment, landscape, communities and human health.
Climate change is an intergenerational issue, and for that reason, we are thankful that Solid Energy has not chosen short term profit over the lives, well being and tastebuds of future New Zealanders. Ligmite breakfast spread is a far more rational, environmentally friendly and tasty alternative to the original mining plans.
For more about the good news, check out this news story on the new miracle spread.