Smart design and construction

Our approach

Auckland Airport is a key part of the local community. The airport brings together a large number of different organisations and businesses. Our goal is to ensure together we create a positive, attractive and sustainable place to live and work. This is something we strive for with all of our suppliers and business partners.

We work to ensure our suppliers and partners keep the interests of the community and environment in mind while doing business. While our supply chain is currently focused predominately on service we understand that this will change as the airport develops, and especially during periods of infrastructure construction.

Our suppliers and business partners will play an increasingly significant role in achieving the airport’s long term sustainability aims and therefore must be fully engaged in our own sustainability programme. This is done in partnership where we work to ensure the economic, environmental and social benefits are maximised for all stakeholders.

Current examples


Waste minimisation has been a focus for Auckland Airport for many years. In 2011 it was recognised that significant changes were needed in the way the airport handled waste to meet sustainability targets and realise a significant opportunity to reduce costs and improve environmental outcomes.

OCS provide the cleaning services for the airport and their personnel are seen as a key link in the waste management chain, that could make waste segregation, recovery and recycling a simple process for retail and airline tenants and passengers alike.

OCS shared our vision and OCS Wasteline conducted audits of waste streams and segregation trials that resulted in the creation of a comprehensive waste minimisation plan. The model generated in the terminals is now being introduced in multi-tenanted buildings right across the airport business district.


OfficeMax, one of Auckland Airport’s procurement suppliers, recognise that ethical business, social and environmental practices are just as important as providing the right price, product and service to their customers. As an industry-leading provider, they are aware of the responsibility they have to lead in the conservation, protection and enhancement of the environment. OfficeMax focuses on providing cost reductions and improved supply chain efficiencies for Auckland Airport as well as working with us to select the right products to meet the needs of our users and also reduce environmental impacts.


Siemens has provided technology to the Airport, for many years, which include plant and equipment for heating and cooling in the terminals and other buildings within the business district. The controls play a crucial role in reducing energy consumption whilst providing the correct building comfort levels for our tenants and passengers.

Siemens also sits on the company’s resource efficiency group and provides energy efficiency expertise that has resulted in significant energy savings across the business.


We are currently working with Konica Minolta to deliver substantial efficiencies to our office operations that have both environmental and economic benefits. This has included new multifunctional print devices which have reduced costs as well and environmental impacts. The new devices provide precise monitoring utilisation patterns and printing volumes reducing print and paper wastage by up to 20 per cent and increased business efficiencies. Through a partnership with TRC (Toner Recycling Corp) Konica Minolta also collects, recycles and disposes empty cartridges and waste toner units.

Sustainable Design

The development of the airport of the future has to be sustainable.

We have developed specific design standards for the airport that ensures sustainability is part of the thinking across all disciplines, such as architecture and engineering, involved in developing the airport. In our 2017 sustainability update we demonstrate our performance over the past five years and how it supports our carbon and corporate disclosures.

The sustainability update is also used to inform our supply chain partners of our performance and expectations that future development will enable us to achieve even greater improvements in eco-efficiency.