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Sustainability focus for CRL

Published: 6 December 2016
Photo: Emerging Auckland

Auckland's City Rail Link (CRL) project is on track with sustainability targets, according to its recently released annual review.

CRL Project Director Chris Meale says the aim is to build New Zealand's largest infrastructure project while creating the least possible waste, using minimal resources, choosing the right resource and method for the task and contributing to Auckland's social fabric.  

Construction has begun on the CRL and the team is working on key sustainability targets with its contractors. So far they are achieving success.

  • The design and construction planning of the Albert Street tunnels and stormwater diversion have been awarded a 'Leading' rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA), the highest possible achievement in the IS scheme.
  • ISCA has acknowledged the process the CRL has undertaken to partner with Mana Whenua to embed cultural values into an industry-recognised sustainability framework as a 'world first' innovation.
  • The team is striving to send zero waste to landfill by supporting and challenging contractors to avoid, reduce, reuse, recycle and recover as much waste as possible.
  • The team is measuring the project's carbon footprint and has used these carbon calculations to help optimise the design. Projected savings during construction are of slightly more than one million litres of diesel and a reduction in total emissions equivalent to nearly 18,000 flights between Auckland and London.

Systems have been set up to track progress monthly. Read the Sustainability annual report (PDF) and find out more about the CRL