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Research Report 720 Determining the carbon footprint of land transport infrastructure in New Zealand

Published: | Category: Environmental sustainability , Research programme , Research & reports | Audience: General

Land transport infrastructure has been identified as a major contributor to climate change through the carbon emissions generated from the infrastructure itself (upfront construction emissions and maintenance emissions) and the use of it (operational emissions).

This research sought to understand the carbon footprint of all land transport infrastructure (road and rail) in Aotearoa New Zealand to assist Waka Kotahi and other transport authorities in targeting emissions reductions.


carbon, embodied carbon, land transport infrastructure


Michael Tapper, Beca Limited, Tauranga
Ellie Callard, Beca Limited, Auckland
Mat Sycamore, Beca Limited, Auckland
Hannah Bennet, Beca Limited, Tauranga
Dr Theuns Henning, Auckland

Publication details

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  • Published: June 2024
  • Reference: 720
  • ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-99-106864-4 (electronic)