Eurobitume is carrying out longterm work to help the organisation’s members to prepare for upcoming challenges as the conditions change in the market. One example is the decision to form the Bitumen Sustainability Steering Group (BSSG), chaired by Carl Robertus from Nynas.
The group will bring together expertise from member companies in order to govern and provide guidance in the area of sustainability. Subjects to be highlighted include reuse, climate footprint and the use of secondary materials, and naturally also the general sustainability benefits of bitumen. All of the activities will be collated in three workflows: Product Life Cycle Aspects, Secondary Materials and Climate Change/Circularity/ Sustainability.
The information produced by the group will have a scientific basis and offer a realistic, balanced view of how bitumen can contribute to sustainable development. All aspects should be considered, not only technical and socioeconomic, but also those relating to HSE. This in turn makes it possible to identify specific themes for further investigation, to present action plans and to develop communication tools for different target groups.
“Within the industry, we know that our products can contribute to sustainable development, but that insight is not known in many parts of society in general. This is why it’s important that the activities initiated by the BSSG really do show that bitumen and asphalt are among the most sustainable construction products in the market,” concludes Carl Robertus.