MARTÍNEZ CARABALLO, E.; REDRUELLO, I.; GONZÁLEZ DÍAZ, M.J.; MUENCH, S.; GARCÍA NAVARRO, J. Quantity of CO2 Emissions in the Life Cycle of a Highway Infrastructure. The International Journal of Environmental Sustainability, Volume 8, Issue 3, 81-94 (2013), 14 páginas, ISSN: 2325-1077.
Abstract: The complexity of climate change and its evolution during the last few years has a positive impact on new developments and approaches to reduce the emissions of CO2. Looking for a methodology to evaluate the sustainability of a roadway, a tool has been developed. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is being accepted by the road industry to measure and evaluate the environmental impacts of an infrastructure, as the energy consumption and carbon footprint, This paper describes the methodology to calculate the CO2 emission associated with the energy embodied on a roadway along its life cycle, including construction, operations and demolition. It will assist to find solutions to improve the energy footprint and reduce the amount of CO2 emissions. Details are provided of both, the methodology and the data acquisition. This paper is an application of the methodology to the Spanish highways, using a local database. Two case studies and a practical example are studied to show the model as a decision support for sustainable construction in the road industry.
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