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Peab Asfalt edges closer to 100 percent green asphalt production

In Sweden, Peab Asfalt AB, a subsidiary of Swedish construction major Peab AB continues with environmental investments asphalt production by launching its new ECO-Asfalt. Recently, it opened a new converted asphalt production plant in Sävsjö, southern Sweden. Instead of fossil mineral oil, ECO-Asphalt is produced using bio-oil, a climate-neutral residual product from the food industry that reduces both climate impact and resource consumption.

In Sweden, 95 percent of Peab Asfalt’s asphalt production is now done using bio-oil instead of fossil mineral oil for the heating process. The company’s 2020 target is to reach 100 percent  (photo courtesy Peab Asfalt).

In Sweden, Peab Asfalt continues with environmental investments in the production of asphalt by launching its new ECO-Asfalt, while opening the converted asphalt production plant in Sävsjö. ECO-Asphalt is produced with bio-oil, a climate-neutral residual product from the food industry that reduces both climate impact and resource consumption.

Peab Asfalt is one of the largest asphalt producers in Sweden laying around 2 million tonnes per annum and operates both stationary and mobile asphalt plants around the country.

We convert from fossil heating to bio-oil at our stationary production facilities. Now that the asphalt plant in Sävsjö is converted, 95 percent of our annual volume is produced in converted asphalt plants. We are very proud of our ECO-Asphalt, which reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 63 percent. We are contributing to a significantly better environment, said Håkan Jacobsson, CEO, Peab Asfalt.

When making ECO-Asphalt, biofuels are used for drying and heating the rock material, the part of the process that requires the highest amount of energy. The bio-oil replaces fossil oil and is a residual product from the food industry.

The bio-oil is classified by the Swedish Energy Agency as carbon dioxide (CO2) neutral. By replacing fossil fuel oil, both climate impact and resource consumption are reduced without affecting the properties and quality of the end product.

That 95 percent of our production consists of ECO-Asfalt means a lot, but we are not satisfied there. We strive to take a holistic approach to the manufacture, transport and the laying of asphalt from an environmental perspective. In short, we want transportation to and from the production facilities to be environmentally smart and that the entire machinery park can run on biofuels or electric power, concluded Håkan Jacobsson.

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