Life cycle assessment (LCA) of road pavement materials

C. Thiel, T. Stengel, C. Gehlen

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At present the choice of materials and techniques in road construction is dictated by structural requirements and economic aspects. However, ecological factors have gained in importance due to environmental considerations in politics and society. To evaluate the environmental impact of motorways, a life cycle assessment (LCA) according to ISO 14040 was carried out for different pavement types. By investigating different case scenarios, the reduction potential of environmental impact was quantified. The biggest reduction in air pollution can be achieved by improving pavement properties (e.g., texture, stiffness and flatness) which would significantly reduce the fuel consumption of vehicles.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEco-Efficient Construction and Building Materials
Subtitle of host publicationLife Cycle Assessment (LCA), Eco-Labelling and Case Studies
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages36
ISBN (Print)9780857097675
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Asphalt roads
  • Concrete roads
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Pavement LCA


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