National Highways is accelerating the use of warm mix asphalts as standard across its supply chain, as part of a drive toward net zero carbon emissions.
The Government-owned company, previously named Highways England, has been using the material since 2015, and a collaborative programme with the supply chain and extensive research now means it can be used freely across the Strategic Road Network.
Previously requiring an application for a departure from standard, National Highways is now asking all those involved in the construction and/or maintenance of the strategic road network, particularly designers and main contractors, to use warm mix asphalts as it moves towards net zero.
Malcolm Dare, Executive Director of Commercial and Procurement at National Highways, said: “Carbon reduction, along with ensuring our roads provide smooth, safe, and efficient journeys for motorists, are key and something we are constantly striving to improve for generations to come.
“That’s why we are altering our way of working to encourage and enable the use of warm mix asphalts as standard across the supply chain, which has efficiency, sustainability, and health and safety benefits whilst not compromising performance.”