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FEHRL joins EUPAVE debate on 'concrete roads contribute to decarbonising of transport'

EUPAVE organised a debate and used the event to formally submit its brochure: "concrete roads contribute to decarbonising of transport" to European Institutions.

 

The European Concrete Paving Association (EUPAVE) formally submitted its brochure: "concrete roads contribute to decarbonising of transport" to the European Institutions in Brussles on 21st March 2012.  

EUPAVE’s vice-President David Jones presented the document to MEP Mr. Philippe De Backer, Member of the European Parliament's Committee on Transport and Tourism.  Mr De Backer welcomed the contribution of the road infrastructure sector to decarbonising in the event attended by FEHRL’s past-president Claude Van Rooten and Secretary-General Steve Phillips.

Steve Phillips commended EUPAVE on highlighting the subject and stressed that the 1-5% improvements reported by EUPAVE comparing concrete and asphalt were dwarfed by the improvements that could be realised by the overall improvement of infrastructure.  He determined that the need was for objective performance-based measures to be developed.  Making a link with the presentation by DG MOVE of the European Commission, he said that a good truck was better than a bad train, therefore overall improvement on the ground will only come from  measures that do not discriminate on the basis of modes or material used but only on the end performance. EUPAVE’s Director Luc Rens welcomed FEHRL’s position and, recognising that the expertise lay within FEHRL, offered EUPAVE’s assistance. FEHRL projects linked to this subject include MIRIAM and MIRAVEC.

 

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