CHARGE: Can Charging Users Reduce Transport Carbon Emissions

In the war to reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector in New Zealand, and in Auckland in particular, is the use of targeted fuel taxes / road pricing / congestion charging a viable, effective and efficient tool? Phil Harrison, WSP Technical Director, explores the options available.

We have a decade, possibly less, to achieve carbon neutrality in transport. Our current thinking needs a dramatic overhaul to achieve this and requires policy change across a number of sectors.

Key facts

Out of all NZ regions, Auckland has the largest share of vehicle travel
1st 1st
Increase in travel in Auckland region since 2001 (largest in NZ)
44% 44%
Proportion of all NZ travel in Auckland region.
32% 32%