The future of roads: Reducing environmental pressures and the management of carbon

Newman, Peter, Hargroves, Karlson, Desha, Cheryl, Whistler, Luke, Farr, Annabel, Beauson, Justine, Surawski, Leon, & Matan, Annie (2011) The future of roads: Reducing environmental pressures and the management of carbon. 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, plus the emissions from road use by vehicles. Further, according to the Australian Government, when combined with forecast population growth, internal migration and changes in temperature and rainfall, these are expected to increase road maintenance costs. This discussion paper outlines opportunities within the Australian context for reducing environmental and carbon pressure from road building, and provides a framework for considering the potential future pressures that will affect the resilience of roads to the impacts of climate change and oil vulnerability. Seven strategic areas are outlined for further investigation, including a guide to carbon management for road agencies covering planning, funding, procurement, delivery and maintenance of roads.

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ID Code: 85953
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) > 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 2011 Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre
Deposited On: 10 Aug 2015 23:38
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2015 04:55

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