Recycled asphalt pavement the most important step toward Net Zero
February 1, 2023 By Caledon Enterprise
The Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council (OAPC) and the Ontario Road Builders’ Association (ORBA) have set targets to achieve Net Zero; and if the industry wants to reach this goal, it will have to be with the widespread acceptance of Recycled Asphalt Pavement (RAP) and more public ownership buy-in, says Dominic Crupi.
One of the most important advances in the asphalt industry is the ability to use RAP effectively, efficiently and reliably into new asphalt through smart mix design as well as adjustments to virgin asphalt cement and aggregates, says Crupi, the Chair of OAPC and the Vice-President of D. Crupi and Sons.
If the asphalt industry wants to reach Net Zero, there may be other changes to how the industry produces asphalt that will need to be looked at. Solutions lie in using alternative fuels in our heavy equipment or switching to electric heavy equipment once the technology is there. But for the present, RAP is the single most important piece of the puzzle, concludes Crupi.
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