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Aurecon bolsters New Zealand sustainability and climate change expertise with three new appointments

Aurecon bolsters New Zealand sustainability and climate change expertise with three new appointments

Peter Algie, Liz Root, and Karl Wakelin were appointed to drive sustainable outcomes and climate change performance to bolster Aurecon’s team to a more liveable future.

17 September 2021 – International engineering, design and advisory company Aurecon has appointed three senior sustainability experts to bolster Aurecon’s team helping New Zealand’s economy, industry and communities transition to a more sustainable, liveable future.

Peter Algie, Liz Root and Karl Wakelin bring significant local and global experience working with organisations and infrastructure delivery teams to drive sustainable outcomes and climate change performance. These three senior appointments reflect key areas where Aurecon has recognised a need for specific capability to assist our clients: sustainable and equitable project delivery and managing transition risk including decarbonising assets and infrastructure.

Transport and Integrated Mobility Associate Peter Algie will build on Aurecon’s existing efforts to optimise the transport network and encourage the mode shift from cars, by working with transport clients to align these initiatives with New Zealand’s obligations under the Paris Agreement. Peter brings extensive experience developing long term decarbonisation strategies for reducing operational carbon, having run his own consultancy in this field in Canada, and through previous roles as Asset Manager for Ports of Auckland and as a Project Manager in the mining and energy sectors.

Sustainability, Environment and Planning Associate Liz Root will provide strategic delivery advice, working with clients to embed meaningful sustainable outcomes into infrastructure projects. Liz is well known in the New Zealand infrastructure sector for her work leading the award-winning sustainability and social outcomes strategy on the Auckland City Rail Link. She also brings a real depth of experience in applying sustainability rating frameworks, including the Infrastructure Sustainability Council framework to deliver social, environmental, and cultural outcomes in projects.

NZ Sustainable Buildings Leader Karl Wakelin will apply his expertise to work with public and private sector clients and drive a step change in building design and performance. With a background in the building industry and significant international experience in sustainable building standards and delivering green buildings, Karl will lead design teams to develop pragmatic solutions to reduce embodied carbon and improve operational efficiency.

Aurecon’s Managing Director New Zealand, Tracey Ryan, said Peter, Liz and Karl all bring depth and breadth of experience that will be invaluable to continue to support New Zealand’s economy, industry and communities in responding to the risks and opportunities presented by sustainability and climate change.

“While it is possible for New Zealand to achieve net zero or better in the second half of the century, there are bold decisions to be made to enable more sustainable outcomes. As one of the first countries to have a legally binding net zero target, both government and industry have the opportunity to demonstrate their climate change maturity to the world with tangible projects,” Ms Ryan said.

The team, which will be supported by Aurecon’s Sustainability and Climate Change leader for New Zealand Ian Wroe, complements Aurecon’s existing expertise in climate transition risk management and adaptation and resilience planning as well as the future energy value chain from renewable energy and generation, storage, network distribution and transmission through to transport and asset performance.

“To meet the challenges of the next decade, we must deliver wholesale transformation of systems using known and scalable technologies, complemented by a suite of disruptive innovations across industries that will shift behaviours towards new and sustainable norms,” Mr Wroe said.

For more than a decade Ian has been working to advance climate responses within governments, business and capital markets, using his strategic and commercial skills to scale climate change solutions and drive the energy transition to renewables.

Mr Wroe’s prior experience as an executive leader of global ICT, energy and aerospace companies and his focus on solutions to the climate change threat will help Aurecon’s clients develop bold strategies, policies and projects.

In anticipation of a 100 percent net zero emissions future, Aurecon is set to achieve net zero emissions by 2025 as part of its plan to decarbonise its business and transition its services.

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