Arup is helping the infrastructure industry step into the circular economy and make better environmental choices about materials for transport projects.
To encourage the optimal use of recycled products, Arup and Ecologiq, a Victorian Government initiative, have developed new reference guides for recycled materials in rail, road and ancillary infrastructure.
The guides provide an overview of emerging materials, industry standards and specifications, as well as approval pathways. They can help prospective designers and contractors on Victorian Government transport infrastructure projects to maximise their use in line with the Recycled First Policy requirements.
“This is a real step towards sustainable outcomes,” said Arup’s project lead, Phil Brunson.
“Almost 40 per cent of energy-related greenhouse gas emissions are from the construction and building sector. Applying reused or recycled materials in place of their virgin counterparts is a great way to improve material efficiency and reduce carbon emissions on road and rail infrastructure projects.”