Asphalt – a circular material

The reuse of asphalt is one area where the bitumen and asphalt industries contribute to a more sustainable utilisation of our natural resources.

Asphalt is 100 % reusable! There are many positive sustainability effects from increasing the circularity of asphalt roads. When incorporating greater proportions of reclaimed asphalt, we save on virgin raw materials such as bitumen and aggregates, some of which might have to be transported over long distances. This in turn has the potential to save on emissions from transportation.

The proportion of available reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) that is reused rather than put into landfill is therefore on the increase everywhere. The way to extract the most value from reclaimed asphalt pavement is to use it in the bound layers in the road. When using it in the unbound layers, as merely a replacement for aggregate, the performance and financial value of the bitumen in RAP is not captured at all.

If we take a look at the statistics published by the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA), it is clear that the trend is heading in the right direction. From 2001 to 2018, the average proportion of available RAP being reused in hot- or warm mix asphalt has increased from about 25 % to about 60 %. But it is also clear that there are major variations between countries as the statistics for 2018 show that this number varied from 12 to 100 %. In most European countries, no RAP is put into landfill and as a whole, asphalt is one of the construction materials that is already meeting EU’s long-term objective that 70% of all construction and demolition material should be reused or recovered.

Nynas supports the increased reuse of asphalt in different ways, from participating in scientific studies to supplying products that allow for increased use of RAP while maintaining the performance of the asphalt mix.

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Bitumen to focus on core European markets

The world is changing at a rapid pace, and Nynas is now taking strategic steps to strengthen its competitiveness in core markets. Nynas will create a business footprint focusing on customers in the naphthenics and bitumen market in Europe, and significantly improve efficiency to deliver a competitive customer experience. Furthermore, Nynas will focus on four strategic sustainability areas: product development, environment and climate change, health and safety as well as people and society.

Safety

Appreciated Safety Day in Norway

To minimise the risk of accidents and injuries when loading and unloading bitumen, Nynas holds annual driver meetings.

Interview

Brains of Nynas: Sarah Badley

Sarah Badley works as Bitumen Sales Manager, covering the North of England, but is also responsible for the Nynas Bitumen Customer Service Centre in the UK. She joined Nynas in 2014, having spent many years working in the motor industry with brands including Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Find out what's on her mind.

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Natural bitumen in the Tower of Babel

Researchers have been able to show that bricks in the mighty tower were bonded with natural bitumen

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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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