Miles Macadam’s innovative approach to sustainable surfacing has recently been featured on Shropshire Newsroom’s website. This is an alliance with Shropshire Council, WSP and Kier to deliver the UK’s first Local Authority Carbon Neutral Surfacing Programme.

Shropshire Newsroom reported that Shropshire Council were “working in collaboration with contractors Kier and Miles Macadam, and engineering consultants WSP, for a trial programme of highways maintenance schemes currently being delivered across the county.”

“This recognises the vital need to maintain and operate a safe road network, whilst acknowledging and addressing the effect these operations can have on the environment. Careful consideration was given to reducing the embodied carbon of the construction materials at the design stage by using lower mixing temperatures, lower energy resources and lower bitumen content, whilst producing greater durability than conventional materials.”

They also mentioned that through Miles Macadam’s Carbon Neutral Surfacing Scheme, there has been “a reduction of approximately 150 tonnes of carbon emissions.”

The remaining 300 tonnes of carbon produced by the programme have been offset through our verified Carbon Reduction programme and Shropshire Council’s ‘Community Tree Scheme’ initiative.

The article reported that Steve Davenport, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for highways and transport, said:

Whilst there is a lot more to be done, this is a positive step forward, especially for an industry that is heavily reliant on the use of natural resources. By working with highways specialists, Shropshire Council’s highways team and their partners will have delivered the first carbon neutral, routine highways maintenance programme in the UK and setting an example for the rest to follow.”

Dean Carroll, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for adult social care, public health & climate change, said:

“This is a great initiative. We’ve always said we wanted Shropshire Council to be at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change and this is yet another example of how the council is leading the way.”

Miles Macadam are delighted to be enabling such an innovative scheme in our local area, as well as hearing positive feedback from Shropshire Council’s Cabinet members.

A link to Shropshire Newsroom’s article can be found below: