Carbon-saving resurfacing process on B&NES roads
A carbon-saving alternative to traditional methods of resurfacing roads is being used for the first time by Bath & North East Somerset Council as part of its ongoing commitment to tackling the climate emergency.
Foambase® is being used by contractors to resurface 10,000m2 of the A368, it uses up to 50 percent less CO2 emissions than traditional methods as it is applied cold and recycles the existing aggregate on site, which reduces waste.
The new technology is also more cost-effective than traditional methods. It will be the first major foamed bitumen recycling scheme used by the Council.
In total, 22,450m2 of carriageway will be resurfaced as part of the scheme, which would be roughly equal to the size of three football pitches.
This is one of a growing number of measures used by the Council’s highways team to respond to the climate emergency and help it become carbon neutral.
This scheme alone will replace more than 1,500 tonnes of traditional hot asphalt with the Foambase® material. This will save 28,500kgs of CO2 emissions, which is equivalent of 35 direct flights from London to New York.
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