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Reduced Energy Asphalt gets the green light in Christchurch

Yesterday (16 May), Fulton Hogan marked a milestone in reducing its production carbon emissions with the launch of Reduced Energy Asphalt (REA™) in Ōtautahi. REA™ are asphalt mixes made at lower production temperatures using additives or foaming techniques.

Local industry leaders and stakeholders joined staff at Fulton Hogan’s Miners Road Asphalt Plant to celebrate the launch of warm mix asphalt in the region, produced using a foaming bitumen bar.

Chief Operating Officer Infrastructure Services, Simon Dyne, says this is a step towards achieving more sustainable pavement production so it’s an exciting time for our team and clients in Canterbury.

“Our construction and roading partners share the same ambitions to drive down carbon emissions at every opportunity. We’re pleased to deliver a pavement solution that uses less energy, doesn’t compromise on quality and is cost-effective in a competitive market.”

In April 2023, Fulton Hogan received industrial co-funding from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) to help retrofit the Miners Road Asphalt Plant with a foaming bitumen bar.

The foaming bitumen bar enables warm mix to be produced instead of traditional hot mix asphalt which reduces carbon emissions by lowering the production temperature.

“Alongside the co-funding, we’ve matched that investment with capital plant upgrades, research and development in our Asphalt Lab and training for staff and operators,” says Dyne.

“Reduced Energy Asphalt is a step-change for Fulton Hogan as we work to drive down emissions across our business,” says Dyne.

Upgrading existing plant to be more sustainable and use less fossil fuel for production is part of Fulton Hogan’s strategy to cut carbon emissions and increase the adoption of reduced energy asphalt across New Zealand. Other sustainability investments include building more energy-efficient asphalt plants and electrifying machinery.

“We’re excited to offer this innovative product for our Canterbury clients as part of our journey to lower carbon emissions in construction and transport sectors,” says Dyne.

Fulton Hogan is working with key clients in Canterbury to supply REA™ across various projects, from highways and commercial areas to roads and paths in sustainability-focused residential developments.

Learn more about our REA™ products at fultonhogan.com/asphalt

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