The project aims at limiting the impact of industrial activities on climate change. It will assist to the European and National Authorities to reinforce the legislation, paving the way for a sustainable and harmonised approach in the road construction sector. In parallel, the industry will have a unique tool to optimize costs while improving quality of the road network.
Considering the engineering divergences in the EU road network, the consortium will consequently validate the new software on different infrastructures and environments. SustainEuroRoad will be tested in four real scenarios (i.e. France, Germany, Hungary, Spain) under different technical requirements (new road vs renovation, motorways vs ordinary road) and meteorological conditions (Atlantic in France, Continental in Hungary and Germany, Mediterranean in Spain).
Once properly validated, the software could be used in the technical specifications of every work on roads in Europe, implying a significant improvement for the sector promoting sustainability which main results will be the reduction of 37% of energy consumption, 31% of CO2 emissions and 70% of natural resources.
The future SustainEuroRoad software will hence be a unique tool for stakeholders to complete a real assessment for the environmental of road activities optimizing public funding. Especially in public procurement processes the new tool will allow public authorities to move away from the ‘cheapest price’ model and select solutions that are cost-effective based not only on price but also on the tender’s environmental performance.
On the other hand, this will incentivise the road infrastructure industry to roll out further innovations in the market with a view to making road infrastructure construction and maintenance greener.
The SustainEuroRoad' Project is co-financed by LIFE Programme 2014