Highways England targets net-zero road maintenance
Highways England aims to start its first net-zero road enhancement scheme by 2025 and replace all street lighting with LED alternatives within just six years.
The company aims to help deliver net-zero road maintenance and construction by 2040. It has also challenged industry contractors and suppliers to switch all construction plant and compounds to zero emissions by 2030, as set out in its new roadmap to zero.
Alasdair Reisner, Chief Executive at Civil Engineering Contractors Association, said in Construction Enquirer: “How we build and maintain our roads naturally plays a key role in meeting net-zero goals.
“As an industry, we must recognise what good looks like, understand where it’s going and always challenge our thinking, in order to deliver sustainable infrastructure for the long term.”
Transport Minister Rachel Maclean added: “We know that transport is the biggest emitter of carbon emissions, which is why I’m pleased to see that Highways England is setting out a roadmap which will clean up our air as we Build Back Greener.
“This comes just days after the government unveiled its Transport Decarbonisation Plan, setting out our plans to reach net-zero emissions by 2050."