Bracknell Forest Council to use cooler asphalt to help reduce CO2
As part of their climate change action plan, Bracknell Forest Council is seeking to reduce its carbon emissions associated with Highway Maintenance. Consequently, the council, working in partnership with their term contractor, Ringway, have identified an opportunity to reduce the carbon footprint of its road resurfacing works in the borough.
To do this, they will be using a material referred to as “warm mix” asphalt. This asphalt is produced and laid at lower temperatures than traditional road surface materials, thereby reducing the energy required in manufacture and the associated CO2 production. Due to the fact it doesn’t take as long to cool, “warm mix” asphalt also enables the roads to be re-opened sooner, offering other benefit to residents.
Councillor Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning and Transportation, said: “Resurfacing our local roads is a key part of the council’s management of our highway asset. Residents will see the benefits of the re-surfacing programme directly, with a better surface to drive, cycle and walk on, roads reopened quicker after resurfacing works and a reduction in the works carbon footprint, which is a key priority for us as a council.”
Clive Rillstone, Ringway’s Regional Director, said: “We are committed to creating a greener future and are using cutting-edge technology, combined with the skills and expertise of our Technical Centre, to continually improve our products that supports the carbon reduction agenda.”
The roads to be treated, together with more information about the times and dates can be found at www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/renewing-surfaces.