Life cycle inventory

Last December, the very first ‘Asphalt Innovation Symposium’ was organised at the University of Antwerp, where Nynas has a bitumen laboratory. The headline theme was Sustainable Development in Asphalt.

One of the speakers was Wim Teugels, Nynas Crude & Feedstock Specialist and Chair of the Eurobitume Task Force LCI Review. He gave an update of what Eurobitume is doing in relation to the life cycle inventory (LCI).

“Using a simple title, ‘LCI, status of the Eurobitume update’, I gave a summary of what had changed since the previous version published in 2012 and what the expected outcome is,” he says.

The purpose of the study is to provide the bitumen industry with a cradle to gate figure of CO2 emissions relating to European bitumen independently of where the crude comes from or in which refinery it is produced.

“This generic bitumen figure can subsequently be used in other tools requiring that input. At the moment, the work is undergoing external review and some changes are still expected.”

Projects

Hessen, Germany

During 2020, slip roads to and from motorways all over the federal state of Hessen in Germany have been paved using microsurfacing to improve road grip. Because of the heavy traffic, especially in the Rhine-Main area, the contractors were forced to perform the work largely at night, which posed major challenges for both employees and machines, but also for construction materials.

Projects

The road network, Sweden

More and more car drivers are complaining about the standard of the roads and demanding better maintenance, primarily on the less trafficked road network. And statistics support them. Costs for car repairs associated with poor road conditions are increasing rapidly.

Safety

Minimising the risk of boil-over

It is extremely important that the driver always makes sure that the tank is free of water or aqueous products before loading bitumen.

Sustainable Development

Nynas invests for reliable production and reduced GHG emissions

Nynas is investing SEK 190 million to secure the supply of bitumen for the Nordic infrastructure. At the same time, carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced by 34%.

Noted

All the key players are working together to achieve the best possible result.

Katri Eskola, Specialist Road Maintenance Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

Talking point: The COVID-19 pandemic


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