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Bridging the gap on our roads with timber

22 January 2024

(Rotorua) Scion’s people are playing a key role in Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency’s carbon zero mission. Achieving New Zealand’s net carbon zero goals by 2050 requires looking at every aspect of life – even the roads we drive on.

Work that Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency is doing with support from Scion and other industry partners could help bridge the gap between where we are and where we need to be by 2050. For the first time in 50 years, Waka Kotahi is piloting the construction of timber bridges, representing an exciting step in its transition to a low-carbon transport system.

Waka Kotahi chief engineer Sulo Shanmuganathan says the organisation’s vision is for a low carbon, safe and healthy land transport system and Scion’s knowledge about the durability and longevity of Glulam – glue laminated timber made by gluing layers of boards together – has been key to informing the timber bridge pilot and helping achieve its wider vision.

“Through the government’s Carbon Neutral Government Programme, we are focused on playing our part to accelerate emissions reductions in the public sector by lowering our embodied carbon materials and using more sustainable construction options than what we conventionally used,” she says.

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Source and image credit: Scion

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