European National Road Authorities and Circular Economy: An Insight into Their Approaches
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Circular economyAsphalt pavementsNational Road AuthoritiesCircular procurementCircular recommendationsCircular road maps
Mantalovas, K., Di Mino, G., Jimenez Del Barco Carrion, A., Keijzer, E., Kalman, B., Parry, T., & Lo Presti, D. (2020). European national road authorities and circular economy: An insight into their approaches. Sustainability, 12(17), 7160. [doi:10.3390/su12177160]
SponsorshipEuropean Union's Horizon 2020 Program under the Marie Curie-Sklodowska actions for research, technological development, and demonstration 721493; CEDR Transnational Research Programme
The pavement engineering industry, having realized the significance of the impacts that it imposes on the environment through the production, construction and management of its products and assets, has been driven towards a more sustainable and circular way of operating. This has partly been through asphalt recycling, which is an area that many road authorities have prioritized. However, not all the National Road Authorities (NRAs) and/or sector stakeholders seem to be adequately familiar with the Circular Economy (CE) concept. This paper attempts to assist the transition of NRAs to a more circular way of doing business, by analyzing the current situation of CE within national/regional authorities and NRAs. To do so, a questionnaire was sent to di erent NRAs and an online search was conducted to identify the ways that NRAs communicate their CE practices. Findings indicate that, although the majority of the NRAs are familiar with CE as a concept, not many actions have been taken so far towards its holistic implementation. Finally, there is a significant lack of CE expertise and communication within these bodies.
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