Smart Transport

VISION – For New Zealand to have an efficient and low carbon transport system which enhances our health and wellbeing.

The challenge

Our current system is inefficient, unhealthy and results in high carbon emissions.

  • 17% of our greenhouse gas emissions are from road transport
  • Per capita they are one of the highest in the OECD, and rising
  • We spend more time stuck in traffic, with the average morning commute time in Auckland increasing from 40 to 53 minutes in the year to February 2016
  • Air pollution from vehicles contributes to an estimated 400 premature deaths (estimated in 2001)
  • In 2015, we spent $5 billion (or about 2.5% of our GDP) on imported oil
  • Congestion contributes to productivity losses, e.g. in Auckland congestion has been estimated to cost $1.3 billion

As business people we must change the way we commute, the way we travel to business appointments and the way we transport freight.

The benefits

  • Lower costs (reduced congestion means less time your people and resources are stuck in traffic while on the clock and generating costs)
  • Lower carbon footprint Healthy people (reduced health costs)

What SBN is doing

Our approach

We use the Avoid-Shift-Improve continuum:

  • Avoid transport/travel when appropriate (e.g. online meetings, work from home)
  • Shift to lower impact transport modes (e.g. commute by public transport or bike, introduce fleet bikes)
  • Improve existing transport modes (e.g. convert to EVs, use sustainable biofuels, car share, ride share)

Our projects


In 2015 and 2016 we worked with Gull, running stakeholder workshops, developing the Biofuels Today guide, and running promotional activities. Our survey in late 2016 revealed a huge interest in using sustainable biofuels, but also limited awareness of its availability.

Electric Vehicles

Since 2015 we’ve worked on electric vehicle charging infrastructure and procurement.

We’ve worked with car sharing company Cityhop and other partners to introduce several EVs into its Auckland fleet. This initiative helped to facilitate a collaboration in which Mercury  provided two EVs for the Cityhop fleet.

During 2017 we partnered with the government procurement team at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and The Sustainable Business Council to promote participation in the EV public-private procurement project. Our role as ‘aggregator’ enabled our larger members to join the pilot to acquire EVs at preferential prices.

We’re continuing to look for opportunities to help in the transition to an electric transport future, especially in facilitating more of our members to electrify their fleets.


Helping the New Zealand community to actively support and encourage cycling for its staff and visitors.

SBN resources

  • EV guide
  • Annual Carbon Emissions (ACE) calculator
  • Workplace Cycling Guide (developed by SBN in partnership with NZTA)
  • Smart Transport Guide
  • Biofuels guide