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Peab ECO-Asfalt now available throughout the Nordics

On May 5, 2021, Peab Asfalt, a business area within the Nordic construction major Peab Group switched its first asphalt plant in Norway to operate on renewable fuels. This means that Peab's ECO-Asfalt is now available in all of the Nordic countries.

Peab Asfalt has switched its first asphalt plant in Norway to operate on renewable fuels. This means that Peab’s ECO-Asfalt is now available in all of the Nordics – Denmark, Finland, Sweden, and Norway (photo courtesy Peab).

Peab has manufactured its ECO-Asfalt in Sweden since 2015 and earlier this year the company began switching asphalt plants in both Finland and Denmark to renewable fuels.

We all work to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. When manufacturing asphalt, it is the drying and heating of the stone material that is the process that requires the greatest amount of energy. We have therefore changed and in the production of ECO-Asfalt, a fossil-free heat source is used and carbon dioxide emissions are halved. I am very proud that we can offer the ECO-Asfalt market in all the countries we operate, said Håkan Jacobsson, CEO of Peab Asfalt.

Following the acquisition of YIT’s paving operations, Peab Asfalt has a total of 70 stationary and 20 mobile asphalt plants in the Nordic region. In 2020, the carbon dioxide (CO2) reduction in Sweden alone was 41 000 tonnes.

Biogas and bio-oil as fuel

As the conditions are different in the Nordic countries, warming takes place in different ways. At the plant in Tønsberg in Norway, the fossil fuel has now been replaced by biogas and bio-oil, which are produced from residual products from agriculture, forestry, and other organic waste.

With ECO-Asfalt, the climate impact is reduced and natural resources are saved, without affecting the properties of the end product. The product can completely replace conventional hot-produced asphalt in all types of applications, such as roads, airport runways, industrial surfaces, quaysides, streets, and cycle paths.

Peab aims to be climate neutral by 2045 and both ECO-Asfalt and our other ECO concepts; ECO-Betong, ECO-Ballast, ECO-Stomme, and ECO-Prefab are an important part of achieving that goal, ended Håkan Jacobsson.

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