VolkerHighways recently published a Press Release discussing the recent carbon assessed surfacing scheme with Miles Macadam and West Berkshire Council.

They have said that they “have dramatically reduced their carbon footprint by focussing on carbon-reduction techniques and materials. While working on a highway improvement scheme along the A343 Andover Road, Newbury, they have reduced CO₂e by over 46 tonnes; the equivalent of driving 140,000 miles.”

Miles Macadam was involved with phase two of the surfacing scheme which included resurfacing Andover Road with our reduced carbon product Milepave™. This product uses lower mixing temperatures, energy resources and bitumen content than conventional products.

“Over 25,000mof grouted Macadam surfacing was laid, consisting of 2,061t of 40mm Milepave and 96t of binder course. This equates to 112t CO₂ total emissions, which includes carbon produced by subcontractors. By using Milepave™, there was a saving of 295t in aggregate and 38t in bitumen, compared to conventional warm mix material and a typical non-carbon neutral surfacing contractor.

Councillor Richard Somner, executive member for planning, transport and countryside, at West Berkshire Council said: “The work on the A343, with our partners, once again highlights a combined ambition to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint across the district. The changes in technology and processes to achieve this reduction of 46 tonnes is impressive and we hope to continue this great achievement on future projects.”

300 trees will be sourced by VolkerHighways and Miles Macadam for surfacing works completed during the 2022 highway improvement programme and they will be planted across the district this autumn. Over the coming years, the trees will absorb and store carbon dioxide and enhance the local landscape for wildlife and residents.

Andrew Scorer, director for Miles Macadam, said: “We are delighted to have delivered West Berkshire Council’s latest carbon assessed surfacing scheme in conjunction with VolkerHighways, to facilitate their commitment to climate change.”

Kunle Kolaru, operations director for VolkerHighways, said: “Our West Berkshire team is going above and beyond to find carbon reduction techniques for our projects, while maintaing efficiency. This is another very exciting low carbon scheme for the business and its partners.””