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CEMEX support Lancashire CC sustainability agenda


County Council uses CarbonNeutral VIALOW Zero asphalt on resurfacing project in Preston

CEMEX have worked with Lancashire County Council to provide a CarbonNeutral asphalt product for road surfacing in a residential area of Preston.

VIALOW Zero, part of the Vertua family of sustainable building materials now offered by CEMEX as part of their commitment to enhancing the environmental credentials of their operations, was selected by the Council for Cop Lane in Penwortham; a stretch of road with approximately 60 houses on it. The material was supplied by CEMEX’s Liverpool Docklands asphalt plant.

VIALOW comprises a range of low-temperature, low-carbon asphalts from CEMEX which use a specially formulated bitumen additive to allow manufacture at up to 40°C lower than standard asphalt mixes with no compromise in performance and with the added benefit of achieving up to a 20% reduction in embodied carbon emissions.

Alongside the reduced carbon in the mix, the Council chose to offset the residual CO2e to make it a CarbonNeutral product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol. By offsetting the residual CO2e from the 310 tonnes of asphalt used for the project, 18 tonnes of CO2e were offset – the equivalent of the emissions generated by the annual electricity use for 25 homes.

Leslie Luxon, CEMEX’s asphalt area manager, commented: ‘Lancashire County Council and CEMEX have been partnered for some time, and the Council have been early converts to the benefits of low-temperature asphalts, which reduce their carbon footprint, improve durability, and pave the way to a greener Britain.

‘CEMEX’s VIALOW range is leading the market for making infrastructure projects part of the Government’s low-carbon economy by 2050. They are an ideal choice for councils and other customers looking to meet sustainability targets for their developments, while also offering many other benefits, including improved safety, reduced downtime, and easy application.’

Terry Johnson, highways operations manager at Lancashire County Council, commented: ‘It was important for Lancashire County Council to use this CarbonNeutral product as we are continuously striving to make more sustainable choices when developing our county’s infrastructure. We’re very pleased with the finished product and CEMEX’s resourceful and supportive work throughout this project, and keen to see how VIALOW can be utilized elsewhere.’

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