DECARBONISATION

Realising a carbon neutral future 

What is Decarbonisation?  

Simply put, decarbonisation is the process of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 

In order to keep global warming within a 1.5C degree limit,
it’s going to take everyone working together to achieve carbon neutrality 
by 2050. Future generations are reliant on our stewardship of the planet 
and decarbonisation is a pillar of a sustainable future for everyone.      

"Our clients and teams are removing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from our built environment, communities, cities and infrastructure at a record rate. But we have to do more, and we know that we can. Our specialists are leading transformational thinking and pragmatic solutions that offer clarity and confidence, attractive pathways and bright futures. Weaving this together for our collective wellbeing is an exciting opportunity for us all.”  

Rowan Dixon

The Road to Decarbonisation  

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Environment

Around 10% of our protected heritage sites are with within 100m of the coast. Many of our most critically threatened species, such as the Southern NZ dotterel, nest in the sand which are being irreparably damaged by rising sea levels and storm surges.   

Our experts are up-to-date on the latest trends and challenges related to the environment. They are passionate about helping communities thrive and are helping to lead the transition to a prosperous, resilient, and sustainable society.

Energy

With over 80% of our electricity coming from renewable resources, Aotearoa is well ahead of the world. To reach our carbon neutral goal we are exploring how to sustain and improve this in light of our current climate crisis.   

Research  

With growing constraints on resources, it's becoming increasingly challenging to deliver infrastructure improvements.  

WSP's research and planning team offer detailed research design and evaluation services that can support robust decision making, leadership, policy guidance and innovation. 

Property and buildings  

Buildings are responsible for the majority of 
many  cities’ carbon emissions. For this reason, 
low-carbon buildings are an essential consideration 
in the  development of sustainable cities.          

Water

Across Aotearoa New Zealand, our regions are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of storm-surge and more frequent and heavy rainfalls. We are working with local authorities, water utilities and developers across Aotearoa to deliver future ready approaches and solutions that will enhance liveability and resiliency.          

Decarbonisation Road Map  

A carbon neutral future requires decarbonisation 
within each sector of the industry.  

Transport  

The transport sector accounts for almost a quarter of New Zealand’s total climate emissions and more than half of these come from private vehicles. In our largest city, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland, 40 percent 
of emissions come from private cars.
 

Statistics & Insights

Costa Rica’s decarbonisation plan is estimated to have a net benefit to their economy of

between 2020 & 2050

US$41bn

We have less than

to achieve our carbon neutral goal

Years

30

28%

Mining is responsible for

 
of all direct and indirect global emissions 

Global renewable energy needs to increase from
14% (2017) to 65% by 2050

Based on 2017 levels we need  to increase solar power output 2118% by 2050

Maintaining the world’s current living standards would require

1.6

Earths

The transport sector accounts for almost a quarter
of Aotearoa
New Zealand's total climate emissions

WSP Named One of Best 50 Corporate
Citizens in Canada

WSP Ranks #1 in ENR Magazine’s 2021
List of Top 225 International Design Firms

We are pleased to announce that WSP has been honoured with a 2020 Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate) 

WSP Wins World Finance
Magazine Sustainability Award

WSP Wins World Finance Magazine Sustainability Award for the Second Year Running

WSP Named Most Sustainable Engineering Company by World Finance Magazine

Awards & Recognition

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Contacts

David Kidd

Director Client Experience &
Strategic Advisory
david.kidd@wsp.com

Principal Specialist 
Sustainability Resilience
rowan.dixon@wsp.com

Sustainability Consultant
brigitte.hicks@wsp.com

Brigitte Hicks

Rowan Dixon

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Realising a carbon neutral future 

DECARBONISATION

What is Decarbonisation?

Simply put, decarbonisation is the process  of reducing carbon dioxide emissions. 

In order to keep global warming within a 1.5C degree limit, it’s going to take everyone working together to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Future generations  are reliant on our stewardship of the planet  and 
decarbonisation is a pillar of  sustainable future for everyone.

"It’s our collective responsibility to stop filling the emissions bath. The problem with offsetting is it simply takes your emissions and fills someone else’s bath with them."

Rowan Dixon

The Road to Decarbonisation

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Research  

With growing constraints on resources, it's becoming increasingly challenging to deliver infrastructure improvements.  

WSP's research and planning team offer detailed research design and evaluation services that can support robust decision making, leadership, policy guidance and innovation. 

Energy

The world is increasingly dependent on the energy industry for reliable and uninterrupted supply. WSP helps to meet this need by planning and designing highly resilient engineering solutions for new energy infrastructure.   

Environment

While every human activity and development has an impact on the natural world, we learn more every day about how to minimise project footprints, apply better practices, and take a more balanced approach. Our priority is to understand our clients’ business needs and provide real solutions to real problems, whatever and wherever they may be.   

Property and buildings  

In many cities, buildings are responsible for a majority of the city’s overall carbon emissions. For this reason, low-carbon buildings will be an essential component for the development of sustainable cities.     

Transport  

The road transport sector is responsible for emitting about 15 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent per year. 
Greener transport is essential to supporting the health of the environment and people, and it also brings greater opportunity to advance more distributed and decentralized economic activity and social sustainability.

Water

Across Aotearoa New Zealand, our regions are increasingly vulnerable to the impact of storm-surge and more frequent and heavy rainfalls. We are working with local authorities, water utilities and developers across Aotearoa to deliver future ready approaches and solutions that will enhance liveability and resiliency. 

Decarbonisation Road Map  

A carbon neutral future requires decarbonisation 
within each sector of the industry.  

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Statistics & Insights

Only 14% of the current Aotearoa rail network is capable of running on electricity

14%

The transport sector accounts
for almost a quarter
of Aotearoa New Zealand's
total climate emissions

Based on 2017 levels we need  to increase solar power output 2118% by 2050

Maintaining the world’s current living standards would require

1.6

Earths

Global renewable energy
needs to increase from
14% (2017) to 65% by 2050

of all direct and indirect
global emissions

Mining is responsible for

28%

We have less than

to achieve our carbon neutral goal

30 years

Costa Rica’s decarbonisation plan is estimated to have a net benefit to their economy of

between 2020 & 2050

US$41bn

We are pleased to announce that WSP has been honoured with a 2020 Climate Leadership Award for Excellence in Greenhouse Gas Management (Goal-Setting Certificate) 

Awards & Recognition

Back to top

WSP Wins World Finance
Magazine Sustainability Award

WSP Named Most Sustainable Engineering Company by World Finance Magazine

WSP Wins World Finance Magazine Sustainability Award for the Second Year Running

WSP Ranks #1 in ENR Magazine’s 2021
List of Top 225 International Design Firms

WSP Named One of Best 50 Corporate
Citizens in Canada

Contacts

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Brigitte Hicks
Sustainability Consultant
brigitte.hicks@wsp.com 

David Kidd
Director Client Experience 
& Strategic Advisory
david.kidd@wsp.com

Rowan Dixon
Principal Specialist 
Sustainability Resilience
rowan.dixon@wsp.com