New Zealand's biggest transport infrastructure project, Auckland's City Rail Link (CRL), is a finalist in the 'Large Energy-User Initiative of the Year' category of the Deloitte Energy Excellence Awards 2018.
The awards provide an annual opportunity to recognise excellence and achievement across the energy sector.
CRL's award entry focused on work undertaken to reduce energy-related construction emissions on the construction contracts let so far, including the overall process for carbon footprinting the project.
Setting a benchmark
CRL CEO, Dr Sean Sweeney, says the intention is to set the benchmark for delivering sustainable infrastructure in New Zealand.
He said the aim is to build the 3.45km twin-tunnel underground rail link under the city centre creating the least possible waste, using minimal resources, and choosing the right methods.
"Embedding sustainability within the thinking of the CRL management team and our contractors has been key to our current success in this area," said Dr Sweeney.
As part of the wider sustainability programme, CRL designers and contractors have undertaken a number of initiatives aimed at minimising energy-related GHG emissions during both construction and over the whole life of the operations.
The finalists are listed here and the winners will be announced on 22 August.
CRL Ltd is owned by Auckland Council and the Government.