On this page you can find the latest issue of the EAPA “Asphalt in Figures”, which summarises the production of the European asphalt sector in 2021.
The data refers to production, types of asphalt, applications, re-use/recycling rates, and the number of companies and production sites. These figures have been established with the assistance of the members of the European Asphalt Pavement Association, being at the moment the best available and most reliable data for the asphalt industry.
By the second time, the figures were made available also in Excel format, making it easier for the reader to import and analyse the data in further studies.
In 2021, the total production was 220,7 million tonnes for the EU-27 countries and 290,6 Mt considering further countries, such as Norway, Switzerland, Great Britain and Turkey. Compared to the previous year, these figures represent increases of 5,9% and 5,0% respectively, compensating for the reductions registered in 2020 (most likely) driven by the Covid-19 crisis, and reaching new levels even higher than in 2019.
In addition, the production of Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA), an important tool to reduce the emissions and energy consumption of the sector, has been generally increasing over the last years, reaching new heights in 2021 with a production of 10,5 Mt.
Regarding the circular economy, the data from reporting countries showed that in such countries, 72% of the reclaimed asphalt available for the industry was re-used, 25% recycled and only 3% used on unknown applications or put to landfill.
These extraordinary figures make asphalt one of the best tools to achieve the ambitious environmental objectives of the European Union.