Ports of Auckland launches supply chain carbon calculator

05 August 2022 Consultancy.com.au 2 min. read

The Ports of Auckland has launched a carbon calculator that allows customers to gain insight into the carbon emissions of their transport. The tool was developed in conjunction with consulting firms Abley and Sapere.

According to an announcement from the Ports of Auckland on social platform LinkedIn, the carbon calculator is “an amazing web tool which lets importers and exporters calculate the carbon emissions released by their freight when travelling to or from North Island ports by road or rail.”

The calculator, which runs in a browser, works by allowing transport companies to input a variety of specifications such as size, weight, location, and whether they are importing or exporting. The tool then displays various transportation types like road, rail or shipping and calculates the approximate amount of carbon emissions.

Ports of Auckland launches supply chain carbon calculator

The calculations are based on tonne of container cargo and kilometres travelled, among others.

Ports of Auckland conceptualised the tool as part of its corporate social responsibility objective to help its customers drive down sustainability emissions – where possible and feasible.

The development and modelling process was supported by experts from Abley, an engineering consulting firm that specialises in transport and spatial intelligence, and Sapere, an economic, public policy and forensic & litigation consultancy with six offices across Australia and New Zealand.

It is not the first time the latter consultancy has worked with the Ports of Auckland. In 2020, the consulting firm was commissioned by the New Zealand government to create a report analysing the impact of potentially moving some of the port’s operations to a different facility.

Ports of Auckland operates seaports on the Waitematā Harbour and the Manukau Harbour, and four freight hubs (inland ports), in South Auckland, Palmerston North, Mount Maunganui and the Waikato. Visited by around 1,600 commercial vessels a year, Auckland is New Zealand's largest commercial port.