Life SustainEuroRoad

2015. 08. 01..

The Technology Directorate of Colas Hungária Zrt. (with the assistance of Colas SA) joined the EU-financed LIFE SustainEuroRoad project targeting the drastic reduction of road construction and maintenance activities’ effect on the environment in Europe.

​The project agreement was signed by project leader USIRF (Union of French Construction Enterprises) and the European Union’s Committee on 3 July 2014. The scheme involves USIRF (France), ASEFMA (Spain), Colas Hungária Zrt. (Hungary), EUROVIA (Germany), and the ERF (European Road Federation).

The general objective is to develop and validate a highly innovative software, facilitating a major reduction in the effects exerted on the environment by road construction and refurbishment works in Europe. The main focuses are to cut back energy consumption – including the use of fossil fuels and natural
resources – and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions attributable to road construction and maintenance operations.

The development of the software was based on the SEVE Eco-comparateur, a programme already in use by the French and previously introduced in Hungary. By being able to compare CO2 greenhouse-gas quantities generated by various road-construction technologies and during the production of different materials, the numerous alternatives of a road-building project become comparable from an environmental point of view.

The LIFE SustainEuroRoad project is executed in a number of subsequent steps: the training of participants; translation of the software to languages of the involved countries; collection of data for fine-tuning the environmental model; software development; validation of the software at one construction project of
each participant; evaluation; and distribution in journals and at conferences.

So far, we have completed the trainings, the translation, and the collection of data. The next step – involving us, the employees of the Technology Directorate – will be the validation of the software, for which we have chosen the section of main road 31 between chainages 106+103 and 129+159.

Automatikus vázlat 297
Colas Hungária