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Fact Sheet Describes Concrete Pavements’ Reduced Environmental Impact

The reduced environmental impact of concrete pavements is the topic of the latest Pavement Note from the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements.

The two-page fact sheet, “Sustainable Concrete Pavements,” presents sustainability attributes, key research findings, and key outcomes. Among the key findings reported are that “concrete pavements are 12% and 30% lower in environmental impact at 40 and 70 years.”  The fact sheet provides insights into CO2 emissions, noting that “(a)pproximately 43% of emissions released in the manufacture of cement since 1930 has subsequently been absorbed by the concrete it produced in that period.”

Useful information about energy savings, resilience, fuel savings, low noise, and recycling are also among the many fast facts included in this resource. This useful information should benefit promoters and others with an interest in concrete pavements. Click here to download a PDF.

Report Cites Superior Features of Concrete Pavements

A recent publication from the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements* says, “concrete pavements surpass asphalt pavements in all aspects.”

“Concrete Pavement Value: Economic, Operational and Community Benefits,” is a two-page “pavement note,” which explains that concrete pavements provide:

  • 25% lower construction costs vs. full-depth asphalt;
  • 50 to 60% lower maintenance costs over a 40-year life span; and
  • 50% fewer road closures and traffic disruptions.

The information was based on a metareview of 15 research reports, technical resources, and statistical information from well-known subject matter experts and technical organizations, including ACPA. Drawing on published resources, the pavement note presents facts clearly and concisely, and with supporting graphics and references.

The document says “(c)oncrete pavements are significantly lower in construction cost, maintenance cost and, consequently, whole of life cost. Additionally, they are smooth, skid resistant, more rapidly constructed, less labour-intensive, less equipment-intensive, more durable, and more
available in-service.” Click here to see the pavement note.

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* The Australian Society for Concrete Pavements was founded in October 2007 to facilitate improvements in the design, construction & quality of concrete pavements in Australia through education, information and technology transfer, and research.

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