On 11 November 2020, German Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Norbert Neuser of the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament posed a written parliamentary question to the European commission:
“I would like to highlight cold recycling technology as an alternative to conventional methods used in the construction industry, particularly in the light of the Green Deal and more efficient use of resources.
The advantages of cold recycling technology as a way of rehabilitating roads include a significant reduction in CO2 emissions.
What is the Commission’s assessment of cold recycling technology?
Might the Commission make specific reference to this environmentally-friendly procedure in future calls for tenders?”
On 22 January 2021, Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton responded on behalf of the European Commission stating: “The Commission services are aware of the potential of cold recycling technology to reduce CO2 emissions, including in the construction or repair of roads. The LIFE programme has supported several projects regarding the recycling of asphalt. For example, the LIFE NEREiDE project demonstrated the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement material in the production of new pavements, to be laid at lower temperatures and with reduced emissions.
Additionally, projects LIFE REFIBRE, LIFE-SOUNDLESS and REFIBRE-LIFE developed asphalt mixtures that include recycled materials from wind turbines, rubber and plastic waste, and textile fibres respectively. Furthermore, research projects such as FP7 APSE (Use of eco-friendly materials for a new concept of Asphalt Pavements for a Sustainable Environment) explored similar issues.
In 2016, the Commission published voluntary EU green public procurement criteria for road design, construction and maintenance. These criteria address the most relevant environmental impacts of the product group and help contracting authorities reduce their impacts through the inclusion of specific requirements in their procurements.
While the criteria encourage the recovery of reclaimed asphalt pavement and the use of a low temperature asphalt production process, they do not prescribe any specific technology to be used.”
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