Skip to main content

Life Cycle Engineering approach to develop a novel EU-harmonized sustainability certification system for cost-effective, safer and greener road infrastructures

Objective

The EU Ecolabel identifies products and services that contribute to sustainability because they have demonstrated a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle. There are already more than 17,000 EU Ecolabelled products on the market, but there are no references for road products and infrastructures
The concept of the LCE4ROADS project arises from the necessity of a new, green, holistic and EU-harmonised certification systems integrating by a Life Cycle Engineering (LCE) approach: environmental indicators along with the economic, technical and social aspects, for the assessment of future and existing road infrastructures, as well as their construction materials such as asphalt mixtures and cement-based materials.
This methodology, together with a guide for road certification and a multi-criteria software tool to be developed, will define criteria and provide recommendations, supporting and motivating relevant stakeholders and industry in order to include greener, more cost-effective and safer technologies in their road construction, maintenance and renewal projects.
In order to achieve the expected results a complete work plan has been performed. This plan that will move from the definition of the new certification/rating methodology considering existing relevant labelling approaches, plus the analysis of road products, to the development of guidelines and of a software tool that thanks to the direct involvement of CEN in the project, will motivate future EU-harmonized certification approaches for roads that would grant the implementation of the LCE4ROADS results.
The LCE4ROADS project will contribute to the implementation of European policies and strategies, boosting the integration of transport in sustainable development promoting technologies and materials that reduce pollutant emissions and the use of natural and financial resources.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2013-RTD-1
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
Leaflet | Map data © OpenStreetMap contributors, Credit: EC-GISCO, © EuroGeographics for the administrative boundaries

Coordinator

ACCIONA CONSTRUCCION SA
Address
Avenida De Europa 18 Parque Empresarial
28108 Alcobendas
Spain
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 394 970
Administrative Contact
Miguel Angel Paris Torres (Mr.)

Participants (12)

BUNDESANSTALT FUER STRASSENWESEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 216 367
Address
Bruederstrasse 53
51427 Bergisch Gladbach
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Hildegard Behr-Greinert (Ms.)
FUNDACION CIRCE CENTRO DE INVESTIGACION DE RECURSOS Y CONSUMOS ENERGETICOS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 257 616
Address
Parque Empresarial Dinamiza, Avda. De Ranillas, 3D
50018 Zaragoza
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sara Olivera Subias (Mrs.)
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 216 029,52
Address
-
41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Holmstrand Magnus (Mr.)
EUROPEAN UNION ROAD FEDERATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 124 380
Address
Place Stephanie 6B
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Jose Luis Diez (Mr.)
FORUM DES LABORATOIRES NATIONAUX EUROPEENS DE RECHERCHE ROUTIERE FEHRLAISBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 121 872,01
Address
Boulevard De La Woluwe 42
1200 Bruxelles
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Laurie Ferrier (Ms.)
INSTITUTO ESPANOL DEL CEMENTO Y SUS APLICACIONES
Spain
EU contribution
€ 225 608,47
Address
Calle Jose Abascal 53
28003 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ramon Ibañez (Mr.)
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DES TRANSPORTS, DE L'AMENAGEMENT ET DES RESEAUX
France
EU contribution
€ 302 344
Address
Boulevard Isaac Newton 14 Cite Descartes 14-20
77447 Marne La Vallee Cedex 2
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Severine Somma (Mrs.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 310 751
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Wietske Van Kanten (Mrs.)
KARAYOLLARI GENEL MUDURLUGU
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 181 660
Address
Inonu Bulvari 14
06100 Yucetepe Ankara
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ahmet Gungor (Mr.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE NORMALIZACION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 70 920
Address
Calle Genova 6
28004 Madrid
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Fernando Utrilla (Mr.)
INVESTEKO S.A.
Poland
EU contribution
€ 97 408
Address
Ul Dabrowki 10
40 081 Katowice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Piotr Goral (Mr.)
NARODOWA AGENCJA POSZANOWANIA ENERGII SA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 95 248
Address
Swietokrzyska 20
00 002 Warszawa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrzej Rajkiewicz (Mr.)