Communication on low-emission mobility: Road pavement sector highlights the role of road infrastructure
Brussels, 20 July 2016 - The European Union has today released its Communication on decarbonisation of transport, 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) - today jointly highlighted the opportunity offered by the road pavement itself to reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles. The three associations noted that smooth, well maintained road surfaces lead to lower emissions from vehicles, and so upgrading and maintaining roads should be part of any strategy to reduce road transport CO2 emissions. They called for increased investment in roads and for greater alignment of policies on CO2 with policies for upgrading and maintenance of roads.
Research by FEHRL's members has shown that smoother roads can reduce CO2 emissions from vehicles in the order of 5% - this adds up to huge savings across the whole network, said Thierry Goger, Secretary General of FEHRL.
There is a risk that a lack of sufficient investment in our road infrastructure will mean emissions go up instead of down. Authorities should not forget that degraded roads are not only unsafe, but they also work against CO2 reduction targets, said Carsten Karcher, Director of EAPA.
It would be a shame to miss this opportunity, which requires no new technologies, to reduce emissions while also making gains in terms of safety, efficiency and durability, said Karl Downey, Secretary General of EUPAVE.