EUPAVE-EAPA-FEHRL publication on CO2 savings by maintaining and upgrading roads
11 October 2016 EUPAVE (the European Concrete Paving
Association) today released a joint publication with EAPA (the European Asphalt
Pavement Association) and FEHRL (the Forum of European National Highway
Research Laboratories) entitled Road pavement industries highlight huge CO2
savings offered by maintaining and upgrading roads.
The publication highlights that road pavements have a key
contribution to make in reducing CO2 emissions from road transport. The
three associations emphasise that smooth, well-maintained road surfaces lead to
lower rolling resistance, and thus lower emissions from vehicles, and so
upgrading and maintaining roads should be part of any strategy to reduce road
transport emissions. This calls for increased
investment in roads and greater alignment of policies on CO2 with
policies for upgrading of roads.
The publication shows how an
upgrade of one third of the entire road network of Europe by 2030 could lead to
yearly savings of 14 million tonnes of CO2. If two thirds of the network
were upgraded, this could be 28 million tonnes of CO2 saved yearly.
This is the equivalent of replacing 6 million cars with zero-emission cars!
Read the publication here.