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Overview: Session THREE
Session Theme: Sustainability – Reducing CO2 Emissions

Thursday 14 June 2018 | 15.45 – 17.15

The aim is to demonstrate and explain why the asphalt industry is already very aware and prepared of the challenges related to sustainability and especially reducing CO2 taking accountability and being a green-minded industry (recycling and use of waste from other industries).

The current challenge for many industries including asphalt is to manage the increasing targets and expectations to reduce CO2 emissions during production, paving and use phases of asphalt pavements. Challenges such as:

  • Use phase: reducing CO2 totally, low rolling resistance pavements, benefits for the society with providing low RR pavements, Long-life pavements
  • Low or zero emissions paving

There is an opportunity to position the asphalt industry as a positive contributor to a sustainable future and show that it is fit for the future and prepared for demands to reduce CO2 and provide solutions for the criteria of circular economy (recyclability, end of waste).

Reducing CO2 Together in the Transport Sector - A Horizontal Approach
Tim Breemersch
Senior Researcher
Transport & Mobility Leuven, Belgium

Low Rolling Resistance Asphalt Pavements to Reduce CO2
Bjarne Schmidt
Senior Consultant
Teknologisk Institut, Denmark

Sustainable Asphalt Pavements for the Future
Mats Wendel
Innovation Strategist
Peab Asfalt AB, Sweden

Issues that will be discussed include:

Reducing CO2 in transport sector and an overview of the issues and what kind of horizontal solutions are available to solve these issues, including those related to the infrastructure


Contribution of Asphalt Pavements to reduce CO2 from vehicles – the importance of Rolling Resistance during the use phase of a pavement. Technical background, pavement material, socio-economic benefits, implementation, partly provided from a National Road Authority‘s (NRA) perspective.


Sustainable use of additives and other products in asphalt mixtures to enhance quality, durability and recycling as well as to reduce emissions to become an even greener product.

Key takeaway

Decarbonisation will play a very important role in the future for our sector as will the expected change of mobility and both will have an impact on the future activities of the asphalt sector. Recognition of the key factors that will impact the sustainable ‘footprint’ of Asphalt is a priority.