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EUPAVE, the European Concrete Paving Association, was formed in 2007 with the objective of promoting cement and concrete applications in transport infrastructure.

Press Release:
"Communication on decarbonisation of transport: Road pavement sector highlights role of road infrastructure"

On 20 July 2016, the European Union has released its communication on “A European Strategy for Low-Emission Mobility” (COM(2016) 501), which covers all transport modes. Regarding road transport, the Communication puts forward measures on efficiency of vehicles, decarbonisation of fuels and management of road traffic activity.  

Three associations active in road construction - EUPAVE (the European Concrete Paving Association), EAPA (the European Asphalt Pavement Association) and FEHRL (the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories) - jointly highlight the opportunity offered by the road pavement itself to reduce CO2 and other emissions from vehicles.

Click here to read the press release.  

EUPAVE is hiring !!!

EUPAVE is hiring a Communications & Office Manager.

Click HERE to read the job announcement.  

If you are interested, send your motivation letter and curriculum vitae to:
Mr. Karl Downey
Secretary General of EUPAVE
k.downey@eupave.eu

Deadline for applications: 21 August 2016.

US paving trends - what lessons for Europe? 

A new report from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) examines paving trends in the United States. Concrete paving's share for roads in the US remains at a level similar to what it was 10 years ago, and is currently at 15.1%. The report notes that the share of concrete versus asphalt is primarily determined by the cost of paving in each material. Interestingly, it is shown that while asphalt prices rise with oil prices, a drop in oil prices results in a lesser drop in asphalt prices. The authors point to three factors for this anomaly: changes in oil refining processes mean less bitumen by-product is being produced; increased demand thanks to the resurging US economy; and a lack of competition between paving industries.

To read the full article by EUPAVE Secretary General Karl Downey and to download the PCA report, click HERE.

Innovative Procurement for sustainable roads: a win-win

MEP Ismail Ertug

Hosted by MEP Ismail Ertug, EUPAVE organized on 19 April a successful lunch-debate on "Innovative procurement for sustainable roads: a win-win" in the European Parliament.

From 18 April 2016 there are new EU rules on public procurement and concession contracts which aim to be simpler, more efficient and to provide the best value for money for public purchases while respecting the principles of transparency and competition.

The importance of transport infrastructure is well-known for the economy, mobility, territorial cohesion and society in general. Its planning and construction after public bids becomes essential but in practice road authorities in the EU tend to be conservative and avoid competitive, alternative and long-lasting solutions that have the potential to save millions in public money.

Click HERE to read the article on the event "Innovative procurement for sustainable roads: a win-win".  

EU Lunch Debate "Innovative procurement for sustainable roads:a win-win", 19 April 2016

On 19 April 2016, EUPAVE organizes the EU Lunch Debate "Innovative procurement for sustainable roads:a win-win" at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Ismail Ertug.

With contributions from the European concrete industry, this debate will consider how increased competition between pavement industries can stimulate innovation, lower prices and save public money when building roads.

For further details please see the programme.

The event is fully booked. Only registered participants will be allowed in.

EUPAVE held the Workshop on "Best Practices in Concrete Paving - Joints in Concrete Pavements", 17 February 2016 

EUPAVE held its second Workshop on “Best Practices in Concrete Paving” on 17 February 2016 in Brussels. The theme of this edition was “Joints in Concrete Pavements”.

Attended by 45 participants, the workshop gathered concrete paving practitioners such as contractors, designers, engineers, academics, as well as material and equipment manufacturers. 

Click HERE to read more about the event and to see the photos.

Last days to register - only few places left !!!
EUPAVE Workshop "BEST PRACTICES in CONCRETE PAVING - JOINTS in CONCRETE PAVEMENTS"

To download the invitation and the programme, click HERE.

For registration to the workshop, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and send to: Ms. Özlem ASLAN, o.aslan@eupave.eu until Monday, 8 February.  

EUPAVE publishes the position paper "A resilient road network for adaptation to climate change"

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EUPAVE calls on the decision makers to build the resilient, durable transport network for adaptation to climate change. Concrete pavements, thanks to their durability and robustness, are apt to meet the challenges posed by the future climate.

Click here to read the position paper  "A resilient road network for adaptation to climate change"

Deadline to register for the Workshop "JOINTS in CONCRETE PAVEMENTS" on 17 February 2016 is extended to: 8 February 2016  

This workshop aims at gathering experts such as contractors, designers and road construction engineers who have an interest in concrete pavement joint design and construction. The participants will have the opportunity to exchange on best practices in joint design and construction, as well as to discuss difficulties and solutions experienced in application. 

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To download the invitation and the programme, click HERE.

For registration to the workshop, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and send to: Ms. Özlem ASLAN, o.aslan@eupave.eu 

Concrete pavements, a flagship industry of the circular economy

On 3 December 2015, EUPAVE held its traditional Christmas dinner debate themed “Circular Economy and Transport Infrastructure” in Brussels.

The event, which gathered members and partners of the association, had as special guest the European Commission, represented by DG Environment's Director General Mr. Daniel Calleja. 

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INVITATION:
WORKSHOP "JOINTS in CONCRETE PAVEMENTS"
17 February 2016, Brussels

EUPAVE invites you to the Workshop on Best Practices in Concrete Paving “JOINTS in CONCRETE PAVEMENTS” on Wednesday, 17 February 2016, 10:00-16:15 in Brussels.

This workshop aims at gathering experts such as contractors, designers and road construction engineers who have an interest in concrete pavement joint design and construction. The participants will have the opportunity to exchange on best practices in joint design and construction, as well as to discuss difficulties and solutions experienced in application.  

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Click HERE to download the invitation and the programme.
 

Concrete Roads - an integral part of the circular economy

Resource efficiency and the circular economy are words on everyone's lips at the moment. In December, the European Commission will release its new “Circular Economy Package”, which will introduce various pieces of legislation or initiatives designed to move Europe towards a more efficient, less wasteful economy.

The package will include initiatives to encourage greater recovery and recycling of construction and demolition waste. Often an emphasis is put on buildings, but roads and infrastructure have a contribution to make too.

Resource-efficient concrete roads

Roads built using cement and concrete solutions embody circular economy principles.
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EUPAVE releases new leaflet: "Concrete Pavements, for low noise performance that lasts"

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EUPAVE releases the leaflet "Concrete Pavements, for low noise performance that lasts". The leaflet is based on the full brochure "Durable Low-Noise Concrete Pavements".

Low-noise concrete pavements are the standard today. They contribute to addressing the general issue of environmental noise, as required by the Environmental Noise Directive (END) of the European Union.

In order to make the right choice of pavement, a global evaluation is needed taking into account the safety, durability, the life cycle cost and the surface characteristics. EUPAVE reiterates that concrete is the clear choice for a sustainable pavement when all aspects are considered.

Click HERE to download the leaflet. We wish you a pleasant reading.

Ensuring competition between pavement industries could save public money

When it comes to building roads, increased competition between pavement industries can lower prices and save public money, writes EUPAVE's Karl Downey on EurActiv.

EUPAVE is convinced that increased competition between pavement industries should be a common thread in all the recommended processes and policies to procure pavement in Europe. A recent paper by the American Concrete Pavement Association shows how an increasing share of concrete pavements in the market indicates healthy competition between industries, thus increasing public spending efficiency and stimulating innovation. Stimulating competition between pavement industries is a win-win for everyone - taxpayers, public authorities and industry!

Read the full EurActiv article here: Greater competition between pavement industries could save the public millions

Read here the position paper: Greater competition between pavement industries could save the public millions

"EUPAVE Workshop: Best Practices in Concrete Paving"

The EUPAVE workshop on “Best Practices in Concrete Paving” took place on 26 May 2015 in Brussels.

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The workshop gathered 40 experts active in the concrete paving sector such as contractors, designers, road construction engineers and academics, where the participants had the unique opportunity to exchange on best practices, as well as to discuss solutions to challenges and difficulties experienced in application.

To read more on the Workshop, click HERE.
 

EUPAVE releases latest brochure entitled: "Durable Low-Noise Concrete Pavements"

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Controlling traffic noise has become an increasingly important priority in recent decades. The European Union addressed the general issue of environmental noise in a 2002 European Directive known as the "Environmental Noise Directive (END)”.
Traffic noise forms a major part of the problem and can be abated by the construction of noise barriers and/or low-noise surfaces, the latter being the most efficient solution. 

In this brochure EUPAVE shows concrete pavements are not as noisy they are often perceived; provide examples of techniques to ensure low-noise concrete pavements and look at case studies and real data showing concrete's performance. In order to make the right choice of pavement, a global evaluation is needed taking into account the safety, durability, the life cycle cost and the surface characteristics.

The publication is offered free in PDF format to Supporters of EUPAVE.
Click here to learn more and to become a SUPPORTER of EUPAVE.

EUPAVE responds to consultation on EU White Paper on transport

In 2011 the European Commission adopted the White Paper: "Roadmap to a Single European Transport Area – Towards a competitive and resource efficient transport system" in the framework of the Union's 2020 growth strategy. The Commission has now consulted stakeholders on the progress since 2011. EUPAVE responded to the consultation on 2 June 2015, highlighting priorities in the areas of competitiveness, long-term thinking and sustainability. In particular, when it comes to designing road infrastructure, priority should be given to long-life solutions, thus minimising both maintenance (and therefore life-cycle costs) and also environmental impacts. Tools such as objective Green Public Procurement criteria should be used to boost competitiveness and ensure healthy competition between industries.

(The full response is available to EUPAVE members on the extranet.)

 

Invitation to the "EUPAVE Workshop: Best Practices in Concrete Paving" on Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:00-16:30 in Brussels

EUPAVE invites you to a Workshop on Best Practices in Concrete Paving on Tuesday, 26 May 2015, 10:00-16:30 in Brussels.

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This workshop aims at gathering experts active in concrete paving (such as contractors, designers, road construction engineers), where the participants will have the unique opportunity to exchange on best practices, as well as to discuss solutions to challenges and difficulties experienced in application. 

EUPAVE has recently stepped up its efforts in its main activity areas in sharing of best practices and communicating the benefits of concrete pavements. In order to strengthen communication with the industry, EUPAVE presented the new category of involvement specially designed for contractors, designers, road construction engineers, research institutes and academia and professionals: “PARTNER”.

The event is free for EUPAVE members and partners. For external participants, your registration will be confirmed upon receipt of the 125 to the bank account (details below). For those participants who decide to become a partner after the workshop, the participation fee will be deducted from the yearly partnership due of 1.000.

Concrete solutions to upgrade European roads

On 25 March 2015, EUPAVE organised a successful debate on upgrading Europe's road network. The event took place at CEMBUREAU premises in Brussels and gathered around 35 stakeholders interested in road transport. The event highlighted the importance of road infrastructure for the internal market, mobility and cohesion and discussed how to address challenges such as traffic congestion, road safety and greenhouse gas emissions.

EUPAVE's President Stéphane Nicoud welcomed the participants and highlighted that concrete pavements can help tackle serious transport problems.

André Burger, Vice-President of EUPAVE, presented the association and invited participants to work together with EUPAVE in promoting sustainable transport infrastructure.

Wim Kramer from Cement&BetonCentrum presented two solutions for upgrading roads: concrete inlays and road widening. He explained that these two technologies benefit from the advantage of concrete pavements in terms of durability under heavy traffic.

Closing remarks were made by Cristóbal Millán de la Lastra, Head of unit dealing with Transport issues of Connecting Europe Facility for some Member States in the European Commission's Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

To read more on the event, click HERE.

Invitation to the debate on "Upgrading Europe's road network" 
Wednesday 25 March, Brussels

Peter van Dalen MEP and EUPAVE invite you to the debate on "Upgrading Europe's road network" on 25 March 2015 in Brussels.

Transport infrastructure is fundamental for the smooth operation of the internal market, for the mobility of persons and goods and for the economic, social and territorial cohesion of the European Union.

With contributions from the European concrete industry, this debate will consider the road as a vital link in transport infrastructure and discuss how to ease traffic flow, reduce congestion, reduce journey time, enhance road safety and contribute to the EU's climate change objectives.

For further details please see the attached programme.

Please email info@eupave.eu by 16 March to register for the event, including your name and organisation. We look forward to welcoming you on 25 March.

 

EUPAVE dinner debate with the European Commission - discussing infrastructure and sustainability

On the 17th of December, EUPAVE held its traditional Christmas dinner in the restaurant Aux Armes de Bruxelles. The event, which gathered members and partners of the association, had as special guest the European Commission, represented by DG MOVE's Head of Unit on Research and Innovative Transport Systems, Mr Keir Fitch.

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Mr. Keir Fitch, Head of Unit on Research and Innovative Transport Systems, DG MOVE 

While noting that the Commission is technology-neutral, Mr Fitch also appreciated EUPAVE's efforts in promoting sustainable transport infrastructure and was interested in knowing more about long-life cycle assessment of concrete pavements. He also explained to EUPAVE that the Commission lacks a harmonised mechanism to evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure solutions.

Mr. Fitch and EUPAVE Members 

Visit EU Affairs to read more on the event. 

 

12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads - A Great Success!

The 12th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, held on 23-26 September 2014 at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague, was a great success, exceeding the high expectations set by previous editions of this Symposium. More than 400 delegates, sponsors, exhibitors and guests participated in the event, including representatives from 41 countries. The Symposium offered more than 130 peer-reviewed technical papers in 3 parallel sessions, a poster session, and 3 technical visits.

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During three days the participants had the occasion to learn about the latest developments, new applications, studies and research in the field of design, construction, maintenance, monitoring and rehabilitation of concrete pavements.

Mr. Gerald Voigt, P.E., President & CEO American Concrete Pavement Association, made a remarkable keynote speech entitled “Perspectives on the Future of Concrete Pavement... Using Lessons from the Past”.
 

Mr. Gerald Voigt (ACPA)

The Symposium's Programme covered a number of essential topics which were discussed during the academic sessions of posters and presentations.

To read more, click HERE.

EUPAVE announces new brochure entitled:
"Upgrading Europe's Road Freight Network"
Concrete Inlays and Road Widening

European Commission has adopted the new EU infrastructure policy “The Trans-European Transport (TEN-T) Networks” which will put in place a powerful European transport network across the 28 Member States to promote growth and competitiveness.
The road is a vital link in transport infrastructure. Harmonisation in quality of the road and operation as well as the capacity of the infrastructure can provide continuous mobility on European corridors. 

The challenge is to improve the road network in order to ease traffic flow, reduce congestion, reduce journey time and enhance road safety.

This publication presents two solutions for upgrading existing infrastructure:
• Concrete inlays,
• Road widening,
and also provides useful examples of a tool to aid in decision-making between different options.

The publication is offered free in PDF format to EUPAVE Supporters.
Becoming a SUPPORTER of EUPAVE is free of charge, while you will have access to:

EUPAVE Newsletter

Free access to digital copies of EUPAVE publications

Send an email to info@eupave.eu confirming your affiliation to EUPAVE as a SUPPORTER and request for a free softcopy of the brochure "Upgrading Europe's Road Freight Network".  

Visit EUPAVE Publications website.

EUPAVE LAUNCHES THE DEBATE ON SMART PAVEMENTS IN THE EU

MEP Pablo Arias Echeverría and EUPAVE held a successful debate on the contribution of innovative concrete pavements for the benefits of citizens, urban areas and transport. Participants agreed that smart, green, low-maintenance and climate-resilient road infrastructure can help transforming the European transport system into a sustainable and competitive one.

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Opening the event, MEP Arias Echeverría welcomed a group of fifty representatives from the EU institutions (European Parliament, European Commission) and European associations and companies while highlighting the need to go for the greening of transport infrastructure.

During his speech, Keir Fitch (DG MOVE, European Commission) reminded about EU transport funding opportunities like Horizon 2020 or Connecting Europe Facility to help "laboratory research projects to become demonstrated in a larger scale".

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To read more about the event, visit EU Affairs webpage.

 

EUPAVE welcomes a new President and Vice-President

We are pleased to announce the election of Mr. Stéphane Nicoud as President and Mr. André Burger as Vice-President of EUPAVE.

Mr. Stéphane Nicoud started his career in French Road Administration as manager of a road department in France and then as pre-accession adviser in Poland. He subsequently joined the building material industry with Tarmac International in Germany as business development manager and for the last 6 years with Holcim in Switzerland where he currently is the head of large construction projects. He holds engineering degrees from the Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussees and a MBA from INSEAD.

Mr. André Burger graduated as civil engineer at the Delft University of Technology and started his career as consultant at Delft Hydraulics and specialised in design and engineering of hydraulic structures. Since he joined the cement industry in 1989 he worked in several technical marketing functions and as technical marketing director became responsible for the activities in relation to the application of concrete in infrastructure. Currently, he is the Director of Cement&BetonCentrum, the Dutch Cement Industry Association. 

Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza Ramirez (Oficemen) and Mr. David Jones (Britpave Barrier Systems) stood down their positions as President and Vice-President respectively during the Board Meeting in October 2013.

Vice-President André Burger handed two commemorative plates to former President and Vice-President, Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza and Mr. David Jones, in grateful appreciation for their excellent work for EUPAVE since its creation in 2007 until today.

Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza receives his plaquet

Mr. Aniceto Zaragoza (left) and Mr. David Jones (right) received their plaquets

Mr. David Jones receives his plaquet

EUPAVE held a successful dinner debate with the European Commission

On 5 December 2013, EUPAVE held a successful dinner debate with the European Commission. The event had a very high-level representative from the European Union. European Commission's Director-General for the Joint Research Centre, Mr Dominique Ristori, honoured with his presence the debate entitled "How to provide EU policies with independent, evidence-based scientific and technical support?".

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Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (right) and Mr. André Burger, EUPAVE Vice-President (left)

The association found a friend in Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre, who acknowledged that the EU institutions should further recognize the importance and contribution to the society's economic wellbeing of key sectors such as the concrete paving one.

Members of EUPAVE actively contributed to the debate and addressed relevant issues such as industrial competitiveness, research, internal market, standards and market competition with third countries and emerging economies.

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Mr. Pierre Nicolas, the European Commission Joint Research Centre (right) and Mr. André Jasienski, EUPAVE Board Member (left)

Please click HERE to read more about the event and the press release.

 

Live crash-demo at the Nürburgring - no sensation but an instructive demonstration of the functioning of concrete safety barriers

Around 150 participants were gathered on 25 September 2013 on the Formula 1 track of the Nürburgring in Germany for an exciting event on safety barriers. The “Verkehrsforum West” was organised by Betonmarketing West.

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EUPAVE was supporting this event and Managing Director Luc Rens addressed an opening word presenting EUPAVE and its activities and highlighting the importance of this topic for our association.

The  presentations dealt with the German technical documents related to the materials and installation of vehicle restraint systems, with the influence of the subgrade on systems with posts and with the variety of slipformed concrete elements.

Yet the most thrilling part was undoubtedly the live demonstration by stuntman Klaus Förster who showed three collisions under angles of 8, 11 and 15° with a precast concrete Stepbarrier. 

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Click here for to see the video of the live-crash demo, for details and more photos of the event.

Participation of EUPAVE in the PIARC Technical Committee TC4.2  on Road Pavements

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The Technical Committee on Road Pavements of the World Road Association PIARC held its last meeting in Liège, Belgium on 9 and 10 September 2013, just before the Belgian Road Congress.  EUPAVE is represented as liaison member in this TC by Luc Rens.  

The three themes that are dealt with in different Working Groups are :
- WG1 : Road condition monitoring and road/vehicle interaction;
- WG2 : Recycling and reuse of pavement materials;
- WG3 : Reducing the life cycle carbon footprint of pavement construction.

EUPAVE is involved in WG3 and will contribute with case studies on the reduction of carbon footprint through the use of recycled aggregates, the use of blended cements and the optimisation of concrete batching plants.  Any valuable information is welcome and can be sent to l.rens@eupave.eu.

 

New Brochure on Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements by ERMCO

Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements, being a sustainable construction solution, are becoming more popular in many countries worldwide.

RCC provides a cost effective solution for pavements where rapid construction is needed and reduced maintenance is required.

EUPAVE member ERMCO, the European Ready Mixed Concrete Organization, has recently published a brochure entitled “ERMCO Guide to roller compacted concrete for pavements”. This guide provides an introduction to RCC pavements and a model specification for use in Europe.

To read and download the brochure, click HERE. We wish you good reading.

To visit ERMCO website: www.ermco.eu

 

The EUPAVE Brochure “Concrete Roads: a Smart and Sustainable Choice” is now available in 6 languages:

* English,
* Dutch,
* French,
* Spanish,
* Turkish,
* Greek.

The EUPAVE brochure “Concrete Roads: a Smart and Sustainable Choice” has been a real success story from the day it has been published in September 2009. It has been downloaded already over 6700 times since then, which is downloaded about 240 times monthly, and in addition, it has been reproduced by several EUPAVE members in their native language.

Recently, the Hellenic Cement Industry Association has announced the translation of the brochure in Greek, which brings the total number of languages to 6.

And this is not the end: Soon a seventh language will be added to the list: a Portuguese version is in preparation today. 

Please visit "EUPAVE Publications" for more information.

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 28-31, 2016
San Antonio, Texas, USA
11th International Conference on Concrete Pavements
http://www.concretepavements.org/11thiccp/

For more events, click HERE.