According to the results of a recent study published by the APA (Asphalt Pavement Alliance), asphalt pavements require about 20% less energy to make than other materials. Less fuel consumption results in less production of greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide.
The asphalt industry, since 1970, has succeeded in decreasing total emissions from plants by 97%, while increasing production by a massive 250%. In fact, emissions from asphalt plants are now so low that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) considers them to be minor sources of pollution.
The industry is also developing ways to reduce the manner in which pavements are produced and placed. Typically, temperatures for asphalt pavements are in the range of 280 to 320 degrees F. Lowering these by 50 degrees or more will further reduce emissions and greenhouse gases. In collaboration with state Departments of Transport and the Federal Highway Administration, research on new warm-mix technologies by the asphalt industry holds great promise for the future.
Driving on roads that are smooth also saves fuel. Studies at a test track found that vehicles driving on smooth roads used an average of 4.5% less fuel than those driving on rough surfaces. Moreover, asphalt makes rough roads smooth more cost-effectively, quickly and without prolonged closures.
Since pavements cover a high percentage of urban areas, and since improvements to pavements take place more often than improvements to buildings, cooling strategies related to pavements are also being looked into.
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