Auckland’s Wynyard Redevelopment finalist in C40 Sustainable Communities


Sustainable Communities

Auckland’s Wynyard Redevelopment is a finalist in the Sustainable Communities category, alongside projects from Cape Town, Toronto and Curitiba.

“Its vision is to lead sustainable urban transformation and renewal in Auckland and across New Zealand guided by five key strategies: high performance green buildings; renewable energy; sustainable transport; adaptation to change; and exemplar projects,” says Viv Heslop, Senior Advisor Sustainability, Panuku Development Auckland.

“The project offers immense value in proving and de-risking the low-carbon development model, and demonstrating economic and public good outcomes. It is already winning hearts and minds across the private sector and government.”

Turning waste to resource

Auckland Council’s Waste to Resource project is a finalist in the Solid Waste category, alongside Milan and Kolkata. Waste to Resource is the biggest change to waste services in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing seven regional services into one city-wide waste management system.

“Auckland has an ambitious goal to be zero waste and it’s a real achievement to be recognised as leading the way as we build new infrastructure for waste management. This project is not just reducing waste to landfill, it’s creating jobs and positively impacting diverse ethnic and socio-economic communities,” says Ian Stupple, Auckland Council’s Waste Solutions General Manager.

Melbourne , Sydney & Canberra in category finals

Canberra has made the shortlist for the finance and economic development category. Sydney and Melbourne will be fighting it out in the Building Energy Efficiency category against Guangzhou, and San Francisco

Winners to be announced in December

C40 received 160 applications from 75 cities, which were assessed by a selection committee of urban sustainability and climate change experts at C40 and Sustainia.

The winners will be announced on December 1, 2016, at a ceremony in Mexico City, held alongside the sixth biennial C40 Mayors Summit.

The C40 Cities Awards

Mayors continue to deliver important, innovative policies and programmes that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve resiliency. The 2016 C40 Cities Awards Finalist are:

  • Climate Action Plans & Inventories: Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Paris, Portland
  • Adaptation Plans & Assessments: Belo Horizonte, New York City, Paris
  • Building Energy Efficiency: Guangzhou, Melbourne & Sydney, San Francisco
  • Clean Energy: Johannesburg, Vancouver, Washington DC, Yokohama
  • Finance & Economic Development: Canberra, Toronto, Shenzhen
  • Solid Waste: Auckland, Kolkata, Milan
  • Adaptation in Action: Copenhagen, Hong Kong, San Francisco
  • Transportation: Addis Ababa, Houston, Mexico City, Taiyuan, Wuhan
  • Sustainable Communities: Auckland, Cape Town, Curitiba, Toronto
  • Social Equity & Climate Change: New York City, Portland, Seoul

IoT Protocols – Sigfox


The idea for Sigfox is that for many M2M applications that run on a small battery and only require low levels of data transfer, then WiFi’s range is too short while cellular is too expensive and also consumes too much power.

Sigfox uses a technology called Ultra Narrow Band (UNB) and is only designed to handle low data-transfer speeds of 10 to 1,000 bits per second.

It consumes only 50 microwatts compared to 5000 microwatts for cellular communication, or can deliver a typical stand-by time 20 years with a 2.5Ah battery while it is only 0.2 years for cellular.

Already deployed in millions of connected objects (1), the network is currently being rolled out in major cities across Australia and New Zealand, and is active in 24 countries across the globe. (2)

The network offers a robust, power-efficient and scalable network that can communicate with millions of battery-operated devices across areas of several square kilometers, making it suitable for various M2M applications that are expected to include smart meters, patient monitors, security devices, street lighting and environmental sensors.

  • Standard: Sigfox
  • Frequency: 900MHz
  • Range: 30-50km (rural environments), 3-10km (urban environments)
  • Data Rates: 10-1000bps

(1) Over 7 million active connections as of 2016

(2) Correct as of 22nd September 2016.