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Carbon calculations, sequestration and sustainable procurement approaches

15 October, 2021 @ 12:30 pm

Mott MacDonald in collaboration with Auckland Council invites you to join them for an online seminar on calculating carbon in infrastructure projects, carbon sequestration approaches and leveraging sustainable procurement practices.

Three speakers will present short 15-20 min presentations on the work in the following fields:

  • An innovative carbon dashboard tool for infrastructure projects which has been shortlisted as a finalist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge. This dashboard, once completed, will enable infrastructure providers to quickly understand the carbon footprint of projects and will lead to better design decisions being made.
  • Carbon removal approaches (sequestration) in the Auckland region. This talk will focus on the ability of coastal wetlands to sequester and store carbon in their soils and will explore the fundamental questions we need to answer in order to utilise these ecosystems in carbon reduction, climate resilience and biodiversity schemes.
  • How Auckland Council are tackling environmental issues in the value chain to leverage sustainable procurement practices. Advice will be shared to better prepare suppliers and markets for a low-carbon economy.

There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

The speakers are:

Leigh Steckler – Principal, Sustainable Outcomes, Healthy Waters, Auckland Council

Leigh is part of the Sustainable Outcomes team within Healthy Waters, the department responsible for supporting the development of resilient water sensitive communities in Auckland. Leigh has a legal background and over 16 years’ experience in the environmental sector having worked in the United Kingdom in the waste sector and in the USA for a non-profit organisation. She is also certified as a Sustainability Associate via the International Society of Sustainability Professionals.

Olya Albot – PhD Researcher, VUW, Environment and Climate Scientist, PDP

Olya is a scientist with a passion for all things climate and biodiversity. After completing her studies and working as a research assistant at the Antarctic Research Centre, Olya braved the consulting world with Pattle Delamore Partners, where she found an interest in coastal wetland management and protection. Olya decided to pursue this interest, which pretty quickly turned into a PhD project. These days Olya splits her time between research, consulting and sharing her enthusiasm for nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Chris Leyland – Head of Strategic Procurement, Auckland Council

Chris is a supply chain professional with 10+ years experience leading transformation programmes in NZ, UK and Canada. He started his career as an Environmental Engineer before moving into management consulting where he has worked with a number of the world’s largest multi-nationals on sustainable supply chain programmes. He has recently joined Auckland Council where he is helping lead the Social and Environmental Procurement agenda.

Q&A Facilitator: Jonny Breen – Principal Digital Consultant, Mott MacDonald

Jonny is Mott MacDonald’s digital lead overseeing the development and deployment of carbon solutions across New Zealand’s infrastructure. Originating from Ireland, Jonny has spent the last ten years on the implementation of digital practices across New Zealand’s built environment from architecture, engineering and the software that powers it.

If you missed the seminar you can watch a recording here.


15 October, 2021
12:30 pm




Auckland Council