Consultation on the Future Trans-European Transport Network Policy (TEN-T)
The European Commission adopted a working document opening the public consultation on the Future of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). With the Green Paper on the future development of the trans-European transport network, published in February 2009, the Commission had launched a review of the Ten-T. The proposed concept of a dual layer planning approach with a core network as the top layer of the TEN-T was supported by the majority of stakeholders, as well as the EU institutions and consultative bodies. Based on these reactions, and also drawing on the work of six expert groups dealing with specific issues of TEN-T planning and implementation, the Commission has elaborated a proposal for a new methodology for TEN-T planning. In this context, the Commission has also further developed its reflections on financial and non-financial instruments for TEN-T implementation.
The Commission Working Document Consultation on the Future Trans-European Transport Network policy, which includes as main elements this proposed planning methodology and some ideas on how to enhance the effectiveness of instruments for TEN-T implementation, invites stakeholders to express their views and constitutes the second important milestone of the TEN-T policy review process. The target groups for this consultation are all Member States; regional and local authorities; infrastructure managing companies in the different transport sectors; transport service providers / operators in the different transport sectors; research institutes; financial institutions; non-governmental organisations; business associations; citizens are welcome to contribute to this consultation.
5th Eurasphalt & Eurobitume Congress 2012 in Istanbul
New Joint EAPA – NAPA Publication
EAPA Position Paper “Warm Mix Asphalt” available
The EAPA Position Paper “The use of Warm Mix Asphalt” is available on the EAPA website.
The position paper outlines technologies for producing Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) at temperatures between 100 and 140°C, while still maintaining the properties and performance of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA), which is produced at higher temperatures of 140 to 180°C. A typical WMA is applied at around 20-40°C lower than an equivalent HMA.
The position paper highlights the multiple environmental, manufacturing and operational benefits of WMA when compared to HMA.
• Environmental Benefits
Because of the lower production temperature of WMA, less energy is needed to heat the aggregate, which results in lower emissions and less fuel being used.
• Manufacturing and Paving Benefits
Lower asphalt temperatures result in less hardening of the bitumen/binder during manufacture. Furthermore, the WMA process will lower the amount of dust extraction because the aggregate is heated to a lower temperature.
• Paving Operations Benefits
The use of WMA improves the handling characteristics of asphalt, minimises fumes and odours for the asphalt workers and the public near work sites and creates a cooler, more comfortable working environment.
Warm Mix Asphalt is a greener, more sustainable alternative to Hot Mix Asphalt and demonstrates the European Asphalt Industry’s keenness to contribute to global carbon reduction and achieve the objectives of the Kyoto Protocol.
New EAPA Paper "Arguments to simulate asphalt reuse and recycling" available
The re-use and the recycling of reclaimed asphalt pavements (RAP) started more than 30 years ago. In many European countries the use of RAP is common practice. Asphalt is 100% re-usable / recyclable and for sustainable development its re-use / recycling should therefore be encouraged. RAP can be re-used to produce new asphalt (in plant and in-situ) and it can be recycled by using emulsions, foamed bitumen and by adding cement (in plant and in-situ). To stimulate the re-use and the recycling of RAP this document provides arguments for governments and public authorities to stimulate this process. Each year about 50 million tons of RAP is produced and a large amount of this 50 million tons is reused and recycled. The goal should be to achieve 100%. This document addresses the need for re-use and recycling for sustainable development by consideration of legislation, economical aspects, the supply and demand market, creating awareness of the client, technical and contractual issues as well as environmental aspects. This documents can be download from the EAPA webpage “Position Papers”