New Zealand’s emissions per person were the sixth highest, globally, at 16.9 tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2-e) per capita. A contributor to these emissions are ordinary citizens' private vehicle usage, which increased 109% from 2007 to 2020 (source: Stats NZ).
Furthermore, in 2015-2018, more than 75% of the trips taken in New Zealand were from private vehicles while public transport accounts for only 6.5% (source: Environmental Health New Zealand).
Moreover, the use of private vehicle usage adds a public burden on the transportation infrastructure of Aotearoa, increases the likehood of injury from accidents and reduces the overall quality of life of the citizens.
There is a lot of room for improvement to encourage New Zealanders to use public transport for their commutes.
The Proposed Solution
New Zealand's major cities have an extensive rail and/or bus network connecting major areas of the metropolises. To assist and encourage citizens to use public transport, our proposal is an application that shows the statistics of how much money is saved, time they've freed up by not driving, calculate their impact to helping reduce greenhouse gas emissions and directs citizens to their most optimum bus to their destination or their transport hub (for rail connections).
Features of the App
Ozone is a platform that encourages the everyday Aucklander to ride buses more often through showing how their specific impact and their region’s impact on reducing carbon emissions.
Personalised summary dashboard (homepage):
- The user can enter their car’s make and model to find out the average carbon emissions for their car, and then calculates the money and time you’ve saved not driving.
- They earn points every time they take the bus.
- Users can see where they rank individually in their suburb of the amount of carbon emissions they have offset.
- Users can also see how their region compares to other regions - i.e., Takanini vs. Mt Albert.
- Users can also see how their city compares to other cities (national level) – i.e., Auckland vs. Christchurch.
- As users earn points whenever they ride the bus, they can redeem those points for different rewards.
- This allows for business to take part in this initiative to lower carbon emissions.
- Users can also look at the national data of New Zealand’s carbon emissions to get an overall picture of their contribution to reducing the country’s footprint.