Their XLabs team prototyped a circular innovation hub where great ideas for circular infrastructure are born through partnerships to generate positive, tangible outcomes.
Construction and demolition represents fifty percent of Auckland’s waste. What we develop and build now will have a massive impact on what we need to do in the future. As we know, New Zealand is a hotbed for innovation. We need to enable an even greater shift in thinking, to give new ideas access to development and allow them to grow. By doing this, we’ll have a chance to create and develop plans for a resilient, circular future for the city of Auckland.
Auckland Transport recognises they play a major role in the way Aucklanders live and move about the city. Both in what they create and what they remove when it comes to infrastructure. As a council-controlled organisation, they have both a statutory and a moral imperative to provide transport infrastructure for Auckland communities, whilst protecting and enhancing the environment, our culture and building a regenerative, equitable economy. They recognise they can positively influence across the spectrum of transport infrastructure projects to improve the lives of Aucklanders, by reducing waste, emissions, generating shared prosperity and unlocking innovation and technology.
The challenge AT brought to the lab was:
“How might circular economy principles apply to radically change the future of transport infrastructure in Auckland for the benefit of our communities, stakeholders and the environment?"
“It was a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with others within the infrastructure industry as well as collaborating with other industries who work and use transport every day.” ATRead More
Part of the problem is that there is no existing platform to develop new ideas. Projects are approved based on their risk assessment. Auckland Transport’s funds come from taxpayers so have a high level of accountability associated with them. We need to develop a lab that could act as a testing ground, a place supported through partnered co-funding that can demonstrate capability in order to help get ideas off the ground.
It’s an innovation hub within Auckland Transport that brings together pioneering start-ups, corporate partners, innovators, project managers, tech experts and funders under one roof. They would come together to solve key issues through new ideas. To be connected to projects that could give Auckland tangible outcomes to move forward and lead.
“The ideas are out there, we just need to create the pathways for them to be validated so that we can implement them responsibly within our projects.” AT