The future of roads: How road agencies are facing a conflicted future

Newman, Peter, Hargroves, Karlson, Desha, Cheryl, Whistler, Luke, Farr, Annabel, Matan, Annie, Surawski, Leon, Beauson, Justine, Wilson, Kimberley J., & Salter, Rob (2012) The future of roads: How road agencies are facing a conflicted future. Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre, Brisbane, Qld.

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Abstract

Although road construction and use provides significant economic and social benefits, its environmental impact is of growing concern. Roads are one of the greatest greenhouse gas contributors, both directly through fossil energy consumed in mining, transporting, earthworks and paving work, and through the emissions from road use by vehicles. Further,according to the Australian Government, when combined with expected population growth and internal migration,expected changes in temperature and rainfall are expected to increase road maintenance costs. This discussion paper will outline opportunities within the Australian context for reducing environmental and carbon pressure from road building, and provide a framework for considering the potential pressures that will affect the resilience of roads to the impacts of climate change and oil vulnerability.

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ID Code: 85917
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management (090505)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Transport Engineering (090507)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING (090700) > Environmental Engineering Design (090701)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Deposited On: 23 Jul 2015 00:34
Last Modified: 24 Jul 2015 03:52

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