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

Sokndal, Norway

The recently opened Motorcenter Norway offers everything from go-carting to drag racing. Nynas was involved in the project by supplying Nypol HF 105, a polymer-modified bitumen ideal for pavements that are subjected to high stresses.

Projects

Gothenburg, Sweden

The Älvsborg Bridge spans the estuary of the Göta Älv river at the entrance to Gothenburg and the biggest port in Scandinavia. The bridge, officially opened in 1966, has a total length of 930 m and a suspended span of 418 m. To guarantee the bridge's functionality and extend its useful life, extensive maintenance work has been under way since 2019, the third and final stage being completed this summer.

Talking point

Road infrastructure in North-Western Europe

Even though many successful road projects have been completed in Western Europe in recent years, the durability and availability of the road infrastructure needs to be improved.

Interview

Paving the way for asphalt 4.0

Digitalisation is making inroads in the asphalt industry. The latest Eurasphalt & Eurobitume (E&E) Congress was held virtually in June. It was a success, but the next E&E event will allow industry stakeholders to meet face-to-face.

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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