About Sustain Euro Road
One of the main objectives of the European Union for the current decade is to boost a more sustainable growth and hence to achieve specific goals: 20% reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in comparison with 1990s levels, 20% increase in energy efficiency and 20% of energy from renewables.
Current figures need to be improved specially in the road construction sector which alone is responsible for more than 5% of GHG emissions generated in Europe (i.e. double of emissions emitted by aircrafts). However, road industry is developing technologies, products and procedures able to reduce greenhouse emissions, energy consumption and natural resources used for the construction and maintenance of the road network in Europe.
Approximately 90% of the work related to road infrastructure covers maintenance, reconstruction and upgrade of the network, while only 10% consists of building new roads mainly in new member states. With a major part of the network built in the 1950s and 1960s and the need to ensure an infrastructure with a minimum safety and sustainable standards, work related to maintenance and upgrade will increase in coming years. These works which aim at improving mobility must minimize the environmental impact and being much more efficient.