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Webinar – Sustainability Assessment of Asphalt Pavements

16 and 17 December 2020
from 14:00 – 17:00

Organisers

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Background

The New Circular Economy Action Plan, published by the EU Commission at the beginning of 2020, includes measures to encourage businesses to offer, and to allow consumers to choose, reusable, durable and repairable products. In addition, the European Green Deal, also published by the EU Commission towards the end of 2019, states that in order to enable buyers to make more sustainable decisions and reduces the risk of ‘green washing’, reliable, comparable and verifiable information plays an important part.

In road pavement engineering, sustainability assessment and related tools, such as the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), have been hot topics over the last decade. Hence, different European countries and Road Authorities, have started to put in place systems, which allow the transparent, effective and efficient communication of environmental information of products, from stakeholder to stakeholder, along the whole manufacturing chain.

This is nowadays started to be done through the so-called Environmental Product Declarations (EPD), which must be elaborated by following a wide range of different Product Category Rules (PCR) depending on the country. At European level, in 2017 the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA) published a Guidance Document with the specific PCR for the EPD of asphalt mixtures, which later was transformed into the draft Standard prEN17392-1. This document, despite being in compliance with the core rules for construction products stablished by the Standard EN 15804+A2:2019, failed to be approved at CEN Enquiry stage and the solution remains unclear.

In view of the great confusion that all these changes are causing among asphalt manufacturers and other stakeholders of road construction and maintenance, EAPA and the Project PavementLCM (Life Cycle Management of Green Asphalt Mixtures and Road Pavement), funded by the CEDR Transnational Road Research Programme within the call 2017 “New Materials” (http://pavementlcm.eu), decided to join efforts and organise this 2-days Webinar, which will attract Road Authorities, Industrials and Researchers/Academics to discuss and develop the following key areas:

  1. Theory, framework, standards and regulations of Sustainability Assessment
  2. PAVEMENTLCM framework for sustainability assessment of asphalt mixes and road pavements
  3. Implementation of sustainability assessment practice for both the asphalt mixtues and road pavement industries
  4. Hands-on practice on the elaboration of EPD for asphalt pavements and LCA of road pavements
  5. Next steps on Sustainability Assessment of asphalt pavements
    • The future of Standard EN 17392-1
    • Benchmarking of Asphalt mixtures
    • Introducing Uncertainty
    • Methodology for Durability assessment
    • FHWA guidelines and projects to introduce sustainability assessment
    • The registration is free of charge and can be done on the following link:

Draft Program

Day 1 – 14:00 – 17:00 – Wednesday 16 December 2020
State of the art of SA in EU + Workshop 1

14h00-14h20 Opening
14h20-14h40 Sustainability Assessment and LCA – Theory, frameworks, standards and regulations
14h40-15h00 Pavement LCM framework for asphalt mixtures and road pavements
15h00-15h10 Coffee break
15h10-15h30 Implementation of Sustainability Assessment: LCA for asphalt contractors and use of LCA for asset management
15h30-15h50 Recommendations for implementation of sustainability assessment for NRAs
15h50-16h10 Elaboration of EPD for asphalt mixtures/pavement
16h10-17h00 Workshop 1 – Sustainability Assessment of Asphalt mixtures – Elaboration of an example EPD
17h00 Summary and closing of Day 1

Day 2 – 14:00 – 17:00 – Thursday 17 December 2020
Next steps in SA + Workshop 2

14h00-14h20 European PCR for EPD of asphalt mixtures
14h20-14h40 Benchmarking of asphalt mixtures
14h40-15h00 Introducing uncertainty in Sustainability Assessment
15h00-15h20 Methodology for durability assessment
15h20-15h30 Coffee break
15h30-15h50 FHWA Sustainable Pavement Technical Working Group
15h50-16h10 FHWA guidelines to introduce sustainability assessment
16h10-17h00 Workshop 2 – FHWA Pavement LCA software
17h00 Summary of Day 2 and closing