We are committed to delivering good environmental and sustainability outcomes as part of the design, construction and operation of our infrastructure projects.
Infrastructure sustainability rating schemes provide a consistent method of assessing, achieving, and communicating the positive environmental and sustainability outcomes associated with infrastructure projects.
The benefits of using rating schemes and tools include:
Our Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy aims to drive improved environmental and sustainable outcomes in alignment with Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency's commitments in Toitū te Taiao – Our Sustainability Action Plan, our Resource Efficiency Policy for Infrastructure Delivery & Maintenance, Environmental and Social Responsibility Policy and Environmental plan. This helps us recognise successful sustainability performances and ensure these outcomes are incorporated early in the planning phase.
Toitū Te Taiao – Our Sustainability Action Plan
Resource Efficiency Policy for Infrastructure Delivery & Maintenance
Environmental and Social Responsibility Policy [PDF, 129 KB]
Environmental plan: improving environmental sustainability and public health in New Zealand
It also aligns with the government’s Broader Outcomes initiative and the Waka Kotahi Broader outcomes procurement strategy.
As of September 2020 Waka Kotahi has adopted the Infrastructure Sustainability Council (ISC) as our sustainability rating scheme provider.
As required by our Sustainability Rating Scheme Policy, all Waka Kotahi projects with an estimated capital value of:
Projects that request an exemption to not complete ISC certification will still need to demonstrate sound sustainability practice and outcomes through adherence to relevant polices, strategies, and standards including Toitū te Taiao. Evidence of this will be demonstrated through regular reporting and other agreed measures.
The requirements to achieve ISC certification and the rating level required will be specified in our tender documents and will form part of the final contracts.
ISC certification for Waka Kotahi projects currently covers the design and as-built (construction) phases. Certification can also cover the business case phase (planning rating), operations and maintenance project phases. At this stage, Waka Kotahi does not mandate planning or operational sustainability rating schemes, but we are looking to pilot these on selected projects and these may be required in the future.
Projects that are part-funded by Waka Kotahi and meet the threshold of $15 million are required to consider the merits of using the ISC rating scheme. At a minimum, these projects shall apply the principles outlined in Toitū Te Taiao, the specification P49 Sustainability rating scheme application during tender and delivery of capital works projects, the Resource Efficiency Policy for Infrastructure Delivery and Maintenance and other relevant government policies driving broader sustainability outcomes.
Sustainability rating encourages projects to reduce carbon emissions to mitigate climate change, and to use resources efficiently and minimise waste. Visit our sections on climate change mitigation and resource efficiency and waste minimisation for more information.
Greenroads sustainability rating scheme was one of a suite of tools that Waka Kotahi adopted to drive, measure and recognise sustainability performance on our high-value projects.
The use of the Greenroads sustainability rating scheme has now been superseded by the ISC sustainability rating scheme and Waka Kotahi environmental policies and guidelines.
Minga Bluff and Puhoi to Warkworth completed Greenroads sustainability certification, and Transmission Gully completed a silver pilot sustainability rating.
Our policy on sustainability rating can be found in:
Technical manuals are available to Waka Kotahi project teams. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information contact email@example.com, the sustainability manager in your project team, or ISC.