This note is to advise that the Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been introduced to be used on all of its future projects meeting the criteria set out in the policy.
This note is to advise that the Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy for Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency has been introduced to be used on all of its future projects meeting the criteria set out in the policy. Other road controlling authorities are welcome to use this information for development of their own policy responses. . The full policy is available here:
Waka Kotahi has a vision for a low carbon, safe and healthy land transport system. Toitū Te Taiao, our Sustainability Action Plan, sets out our key focus areas and headline actions that will help us to achieve our vision. Te Hiringa o te Taiao is our strategy document for resource efficiency and can be downloaded here:
This document sets out what Waka Kotahi will do to reduce the environmental impact our work has and the operational and embodied carbon emissions created in our projects and maintenance work.
Our Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy covers infrastructure improvement projects that are either fully or partly funded by Waka Kotahi and our maintenance contracts. It sets out requirements for assessing opportunities for resource efficiency and developing a plan to implement these. It also sets out annual reporting requirements for energy, material use and waste. We will be using a tiered approach to implement the policy, which is structured such that larger projects have the broadest reporting requirements and the smallest projects the least.
The purpose of the notice is to advise on the new Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy and the framework to be used for assessing resource efficiency opportunities in all of our Waka Kotahi projects and maintenance contracts. This note is also to make our suppliers aware of the changes in our expectations and requirements related to the implementation of sustainability initiatives throughout all of our projects. It is also available for other partners to garner ideas for developing their own approaches to resource efficiency and feedback, ideas and case studies are welcome.
The approved Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy requires the following:
All Waka Kotahi infrastructure improvement projects shall as a minimum and in accordance with P48 Resource Efficiency Specification and the Resource Efficiency Guideline:
This evaluation shall be aligned with the business case and project lifecycle requirements of Minimum Standard Z/19 – Environmental and Sustainability.
This REWMP shall outline actions that will be taken to reduce energy and greenhouse gas emissions, increase uptake of recycled and alternative materials, reduce use of virgin and high carbon intensity materials, reduce water consumption and reduce waste. This may be incorporated into a broader Environmental Management Plan for the project.
This information shall be provided to Waka Kotahi on an agreed basis, but at least annually during the implementation phase of the project.
If a project is required to complete ISCA certification then reporting will follow the requirements for embodied carbon (materials), energy, water and waste in accordance with P47 Sustainability Rating Scheme Specification.
All maintenance contracts shall as a minimum:
The REWMP plan shall be developed in accordance with the Guideline for Preparing an Environmental Management Plan and Resource Efficiency Guideline.
The specific target audience for this notice are Waka Kotahi staff and those external consultants and contractors who assist during the business case stage and with the delivery of the design and construction of our infrastructure improvement projects and with maintenance contracts. It is recognised that there is also a wider potential sector audience who may be interested, so look for further notices as advice of these changes will be promulgated by:
The requirement to implement the Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy applies to all Waka Kotahi projects and maintenance contracts. The key steps and processes include:
This Policy and associated documents are currently published for use on the Waka Kotahi website and (internally) on InfoHub. Relevant affected publications, including Z19, P47, SM030 and SM031 will be updated in due course.
Operational policies are subject to continual development and changes. To ensure the Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy is up to date with these changes, we will review the effectiveness of the Policy and its application in driving wider sustainability outcomes and benefits following the first year of implementation and every three years following.
Author: Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency
Published: August 2021
Location: Infrastructure Delivery Resource Efficiency Policy [PDF, 135 KB]
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Chair, Ratification Group