Moving ahead with biofuel

All of Nynas bitumen product transport operations in Sweden using road tankers now run virtually exclusively on biofuel.

To reduce the transport sector’s climate impact, vehicles must become more energy-efficient, but it is also important to increase the proportion of vehicles that run on fuels produced from renewable feedstocks.

Since 2017, all road tankers that transport products from Nynas Bitumen's Swedish depots out to customers have been running on close to 100 % biofuel.

On the way to fossil-free transport operationsBiofuels is the term used to describe all fuels manufactured from organic material. The hauliers used by Nynas in Sweden use biodiesel of the types RME 100 (rapeseed methyl ester) and HVO 100 (hydrotreated vegetable oil).

“This represents around 10 000 transport operations a year, or a total distance of 2.5 million km, which corresponds to approximately 1 000 tonnes of fuel. By running on biofuel, we can reduce CO2 emissions by up to 90 %,” says Shadi Tentak, Distribution Manager Sweden, Bitumen Nordic.

This is an important initiative from Nynas and a statement that the company supports the asphalt industry’s efforts to achieve CO2 neutrality by the year 2050. If this is to succeed, it will require significant efforts in the transport area in particular.

“Today all companies must be involved in contributing to a more sustainable world. For us at Nynas, it’s important to make sure that sustainable development is intrinsic to how we operate,” concludes Shadi Tentak.

Projects

Sätaröd-Vä, Sweden

European route 22 (E22) is no less than 5,320 km long, from Holyhead in the UK via the Netherlands, Germany, Sweden and Latvia to Ishim in Russia. The part of the E22 that runs through Sweden plays a major role for the country’s southern region, not least because of the link to the Copenhagen area. The problem is that the road is very busy and accident-prone, and is also close to residential areas that are affected by noise.

Projects

The Rotebro Link, Sweden

County road 267 in northern Stockholm is an important, busy link between the E4 and the E18. To improve the traffic flow on this section, the contractor Svevia has been hired by the Swedish Transport Administration to widen a 6 km section from one to two lanes in each direction.

Projects

Punt Val Mulinaun, Switzerland

High-quality waterproofing of a bridge is generally carried out using mastic asphalt. This is all the more true if there are increased stresses due to climatic conditions or traffic loads. One example is the Punt-Val-Mulinaun arch bridge on the Oberalpstrasse H19 in Graubünden, Switzerland.

Projects

Asphalt in High Cross Slope, Germany

In summer 2017, Nynas delivered a carefully chosen PMB grade, Nypol 25, for asphalt layers of a test track.

Noted

The score for quality is lower

Roberto Crotti, World Economic Forum (WEF), on the state of the European road network.

Interview on the link between roads and competitiveness


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