Environmental edge to Auckland’s RWC 2011 prep 4 Jun 2010
- Hui fono focuses on culture and creativity News
- Emirates Melbourne Cup coming to Auckland Living
- Sky Tower lights up to cheer corporates for charity climb Living
- Major events funding confirmed for Auckland Pride Parade News
- Q + A: Gerry Brownlee News
- SAS College Rugby League semi-finalists found Sport
- US Digital Film Expert To Speak at Tropfest Roughcut NZ Living
- Gordon Campbell on Gaza and burning the Israeli flag Columns
- Heat’s on for open water masters swimmers Sport
- New Aotea Conservation Park approved News
Environmental sustainability is at the heart of the famous stadium’s extreme makeover for RWC 2011 and is a focal point of Auckland’s wider Tournament preparations.
Regional RWC 2011 spokesperson Michael Barnett says Eden Park and Auckland will be the hub of the Tournament and so it is only fitting that they should lead the way on environmental initiatives.
“Making RWC 2011 as environmentally friendly as possible fits with New Zealand’s 100% pure image and with Auckland’s brand values,” Barnett says.
“Overseas visitors in particular will expect to see evidence of environmental responsibility during the Tournament and Auckland is committed to delivering in this area.”
Auckland’s RWC 2011 Regional Steering Group has adopted an Environmental Sustainability Framework for Auckland. The framework puts the spotlight on four areas: waste minimisation, sustainable procurement, sustainable transport and energy efficiency.
Barnett says the framework is not just about words and woolly objectives, there are tangible things happening on the ground as Auckland readies itself for the Tournament.
Among the early initiatives are trials of composting and recycling programmes at Mt Smart Stadium (a RWC 2011 training venue) and North Harbour Stadium (one of Auckland’s two RWC 2011 match venues). The trials are aimed at reducing waste going to landfill from match venues during the Tournament.
North Harbour and Mt Smart’s energy use has also been in the spotlight with audits completed at both venues and action plans for energy efficiency during the Tournament under development.
Barnett says transport is a key element if Auckland is going to be a successful RWC 2011 host city and the emphasis on public transport for fans travelling to and from matches will help minimise the Tournament’s environmental footprint in Auckland.
“We are making sure public transport is the most hassle free way for fans to get to and from matches. That has the double benefit of being more environmentally friendly than using private cars,” he says.
Meanwhile those businesses hoping for a RWC 2011 windfall will need to show their environmental credentials when they tender for RWC 2011 related business. All RWC 2011 related tenders in the region include a section on sustainability. All organisations looking to procure goods and services relating to RWC 2011 have been supplied with a simple sustainable procurement toolkit, which they are applying to all tender processes.
Barnett says Auckland is committed to seeing these and other initiatives through, to ensure that the region takes a lead in making RWC 2011 the greenest Rugby World Cup yet.
Eden Park Case Study
A number of Auckland’s environmental sustainability goals are epitomised in the Eden Park redevelopment, which will see the stadium looking decidedly greener when RWC 2011 kicks off there on September 9 2011.
Eden Park’s environmentally responsible approach swung into action with the arrival of the cranes and wrecking balls last year. More than 70 per cent of demolition materials from the old stands have been recycled and reused.
The 2010 Rowing World Championships at Lake Karapiro will see the reuse of 10,000 former Eden Park seats. Other sporting codes have also received a windfall from the redevelopment, which saw 600 seats go to Counties Manukau hockey, 2489 seats and old lights to Franklin District Council and 248 seats to West Auckland Soccer.
But it’s the green touches to the new Eden Park that have the potential to reduce the stadium’s environmental footprint for many years to come while providing fans with state-of-the-art facilities.
Potable water use will be reduced by 50 per cent, thanks to a system that will harvest rainwater from the stadium’s expansive rooftops. The translucent veil enclosing the south stand will reduce energy use, allowing daylight into the various levels of the building and reducing the need for artificial lighting.
Add to that improved access to nearby public transport services, a public transport hub at the stadium itself, more environmentally friendly lighting and the use of acoustic barriers to minimise noise spill, and the direction of the redevelopment is clear.
30 Jul 2014 Politics
Labour’s intention to increase the minimum wage to two-thirds of the average wage would hurt business, cost jobs and reduce ... more
28 Jul 2014 Business News
Customs Minister Nicky Wagner today welcomed the Joint Border Management System reaching another milestone. More than 50 per cent ... more
25 Jul 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Auckland Airport cuts fine deal in US$250M bond issue By Paul McBeth Jul. 25 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland... more
28 Jul 2014 Lifestyle
The new-look Mana magazine includes a story on Hollywood star and Rotorua local, Cliff Curtis. The famously versatile actor talks... more
23 Jul 2014 Entertainment
New Zealand Film Commission New Zealand Film 'The Dead Lands' to Have Toronto World Premiere Maori action epic The Dead Lands will... more
14 Jul 2014 Property
July 14 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand house sales fell in June from a year earlier, led by properties of $400,000 or less, indicating... more
11 Jul 2014 Migration
If you’re in the UK on a Tier 1 (General) visa, you’ll need to apply for an extension as soon as possible. The deadline... more
29 Jul 2014 Travel & Tourism
27 Jul 2014 West Ham United may have endured a torrid time on the pitch during their time in New Zealand for the Football United... more
30 Jul 2014 Commonwealth Games
Auckland swimmer Lauren Boyle bounced back from last night’s disappointment to win the women’s 400m freestyle gold medal... more
24 Jul 2014 Opinion
One of the selling points in New Zealand’s campaign for a temporary seat on the Security Council is that we have a pluckily... more
23 Jul 2014 Appointments
New Zealand Government Appointments to Public Trust Board Justice Minister Judith Collins today announced the appointment of ... more
23 Jul 2014 Appointments
Commerce Minister Craig Foss today announced four reappointments to various independent Crown entities and statutory... more
30 Jul 2014 Recruitment
Health Minister Tony Ryall has announced the government will fund up to 200 additional training places for nurse graduates next... more