Hot Mix Asphalt - The Sustainable Solution
Lafarge Asphalt supports sustainability in construction through material conservation, reduced energy costs, water preservation, noise reduction, and long-life pavements.
Hot Mix Asphalt Is Sustainable
Asphalt is widely recognized as one of the most recyclable construction materials in use on the planet today. Lafarge North America typically incorporates up to 30 percent of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) back into new asphalt production, reducing total life-cycle greenhouse gases by 10 percent. Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) pavement is the most recycled material in the United States; each year more than 100 million tonnes of asphalt pavement is reused or recycled into new pavements.
Lafarge asphalt operations do not just recycle RAP but our mixes utilize waste material from other industries, with roofing shingles, tire rubber, glass, and spent rail ballast all being incorporated into new asphalt production.
Currently, 100 percent of the asphalt supplied can be recycled. Even more important, it can be recycled at the highest point in the asphalt value chain-back into new asphalt construction-without detriment or compromise to the quality of the finished product.
Sustainable construction is a growing concern for all stakeholders, from state governments with major highway projects to parking lots for grocery chains that also want to demonstrate a commitment to the green agenda.
Lafarge is promoting and driving sustainability on five fronts: