Climate change and the need for enhanced resilience in road infrastructure
In the current context of constrained finance, ageing facilities and rising demand the need for a new infrastructure approach is clear. We need strategies that are not only robust and resilient but also flexible and adaptable, capable of evolving with our changing world.
Asset maintenance plans, therefore, require a thorough revision to reflect these changes. They need to be updated to align with current economic and climate realities and to adapt to future changes. It’s about making sure that our infrastructure is not just capable of withstanding the trials of today but is ready to thrive in the world of tomorrow.
Advantages of BREEAM Infrastructure Term Contracts for road infrastructure maintenance
The adoption of BREEAM Infrastructure Term Contracts brings with it a plethora of benefits:
- Cost savings and increased efficiency: Identifing and implementing measures that reduce waste and improve efficiency.
- Enhanced credibility: A globally recognised certification that demonstrates commitment to best practice.
- Environmental stewardship: Demonstrate your commitment not only to our planet for future generations but also the part you play tackling climate change.
- Optimised investments: By focusing on sustainability and resilience, you can ensure that your infrastructure is robust enough to withstand the challenges of today and flexible enough to adapt to the uncertainties of tomorrow.
- Proactive risk management: Providing a proactive approach to risk management, helping to identify and mitigate these risks before they can cause harm.
- Fostering collaboration: The process of achieving BREEAM certification fosters positive collaboration amongst contract teams. It encourages a holistic approach to contract management, breaking down silos and promoting cross-disciplinary collaboration. This can lead to more innovative solutions and a more successful contract outcome.
BREEAM infrastructure term contracts is not just about future-proofing our infrastructure. It’s about enhancing the performance and reputation of your organisation, delivering value for money, and playing your part in the fight against climate change.
Real-World applications of sustainable and resilient road maintenance strategies
The UK’s CD355 guidance outlines procedures for whole life cycle cost analysis to evaluate designs and maintenance interventions. This approach helps optimise long-term costs and performance.
Real-world cases like Highways England prove the benefits of acting now. Reducing embedded carbon in road resurfacing by 50% which will avoid over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions annually.
Transport for London’s use of waste tyres in asphalt has diverted over 1 million tyres from landfills since 2012. And Surrey County Council’s warm mix asphalt programme has reduced surface course emissions by 25%.
The House of Commons Transport Select Committee conducted an inquiry into the UK government’s strategic road investment strategy. The committee recommended reallocating resources from new projects to renewing older parts of the strategic road network (SRN) and ensuring that resources are available to meet the needs of drivers and industries that rely on it.
This aligns with our proposed solution of focusing on sustainability and resilience in asset management. By prioritising the maintenance, renewal, and resilience of existing assets, we can create a robust infrastructure network ready to meet future challenges.
The need for a revised approach to asset management is recognised across various sectors.
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