Climate + sustainability

Climate change is now an urgent concern for us all. Mitigating carbon emissions and adapting to a changing climate are key challenges we face together.

Our transport system has a key role in reducing carbon emissions whilst developing a resilient transport network that contributes to economic development and community wellbeing. We help councils and organisations address sustainability challenges by mitigating and adapting to climate change through transport.

Local councils work with us to transform towns and cities into healthier and more environmentally friendly places by reducing car travel and increasing walking, cycling and public transport trips. We also help forecast transport carbon emissions and develop climate mitigation policies.

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Supporting healthy communities with active transport

Local councils and communities work with us to develop transport infrastructure design for active modes of transport, including walking networks and cycleways. These plans can help councils unlock funding to enhance their walking and cycling environment.

Reduce the impact of commuting and business travel

Transport is one of the main contributors to workplace carbon emissions.  Organisations work with us to measure and manage their transport carbon output and reduce the impact of commuting and business travel. Talk to us about our suite of apps to monitor staff travel emissions and encourage sustainable commuting.

Manage carbon emissions from transport

Climate change mitigation is a pressing topic for government and local councils. We can help you develop policies to manage carbon emissions from transport in your area. 

Work with us to forecast carbon emissions on your road network by modelling traffic volumes and emissions data by vehicle type. Queenstown Lakes District Council use our models to estimate carbon emissions on their roads until 2050, informing their climate change mitigation policies.

We also specialise in developing bespoke carbon calculator apps to help you understand how different transport solutions impact on your carbon emissions. This helps you inform and engage key stakeholders to reduce your environmental impact together. 

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Planning for a resilient transport system

The resilience of the transport system is critical to ensuring that communities remain connected to emergency services, social services and economic opportunities. New Zealand’s topography and climate present ongoing challenges for keeping the transport system open and available. These challenges often emerge in areas with sparce populations making investment prioritisation difficult.

Organisations work with us to build the evidence and investment case to invest in resilience. We apply our understanding of the business case process, resilience economic modelling (applying the MERIT tool), and funding mechanisms to develop sensible investment strategies.  We have also worked with our clients to develop resilience planning guidelines and nationwide key performance indicators for resilience based on economic and social impacts.

Abley were absolutely the logical partner to work with on our supply chain carbon calculator,  because they have the ability to develop the transport and GIS spatial planning aspects of the project, then take the sustainability and carbon emissions data that we have and overlay the two … We knew they could deliver.”

Rosie Mercer, General Manager of Sustainability at Ports of Auckland

Case study

Measuring supply chain carbon emissions and providing GIS support for Ports of Auckland

Ports of Auckland have a strong focus on measuring and reducing carbon emissions. They came up with the concept of a supply chain carbon calculator as an opportunity to add value to their customers by presenting the carbon impacts of their supply chain.

Contact our climate and sustainability experts

Ann-Marie Head
Associate Director, Transportation Engineering

Benjamin Walch
Senior Transportation Planner