Bracknell Forest Council helping to reduce CO2 in highway maintenance operations

Bracknell Forest Council programme aims to improve the experiences of Bracknell Forest residents as well as help the environment.

As part of its climate change action plan, it has been looking at ways to reduce carbon emissions from highway maintenance. In partnership with Ringway, it has identified a way to reduce the carbon footprint of ist road resurfacing work.

To do this, Ringway will be using a material referred to as warm mix asphalt. This asphalt is produced and laid at lower temperatures than traditional road surface materials. This reduces the energy required in manufacture and the associated CO2 production. Due to the fact it doesn’t take as long to cool, “warm mix” asphalt also enables the roads to be re-opened sooner.

Cllr Chris Turrell, Executive Member for Planning & Transport, said: “Resurfacing our local roads is a key part of the council’s management of our highways. Residents will see the benefits of the re-surfacing programme directly, with a better surface to drive, cycle and walk on, roads reopened quicker after resurfacing work and a reduction in the work carbon footprint, which is a key priority for the council.”


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