Aggregate Industries has launched what it describes as ‘the industry’s first carbon neutral asphalt’.
Its SuperLow range, is manufactured at reduced temperatures to help reduce the embedded carbon and was introduced last year. Now Aggregate Industries is offering it to customers in a ‘improved carbon neutral’ formulation, if they pay for carbon offsetting.
The company said that the extra cost would be less than 1% of the non-offset price. This is part of plans from Aggregate Industries’ parent company-LafargeHolcim to become Net Zero as well as the recent launch of its EcoPact low carbon concrete.
Chris Hudson, Managing Director of Asphalt at Aggregate Industries, said: “We’re delighted with the launch of the new, improved SuperLow solution, and can’t wait to offer our customers the industry’s first carbon neutral asphalt.
“Our customers will not only benefit from the product’s sustainability credentials and great performance, but also the same great service they have come to expect from Aggregate Industries over the years.”
Guy Edwards, Aggregate Industries’ Chief Executive said: “New, improved SuperLow is yet another step we are taking to supply more sustainable construction materials in order for the country to build greener.
“We are a driving force in decarbonising our industry, proven by us becoming the first materials supplier to achieve PAS 2080 verification by demonstrating continuous improvement in reducing the whole life carbon emissions across the entirety of our operations and supply chain, and the recent launch of EcoPact. Our improved SuperLow offering is the next step in this journey.”
SuperLow can cool to trafficking temperature more quickly since the mix does not need to be as hot as traditional asphalts. The cooler temperature also reduces binder ageing and improves in-service life expectancy, according to the company.