Milestone Infrastructure is proud to be included in the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation (CIHT) ‘Reducing Emissions from Highways Infrastructure by 60% in a Decade- Lessons from the highways, transportation and infrastructure sector’’ report. This climate action project aims to provide information to individuals and organisations who are beginning their journey to net zero.
Showcasing examples of best practice across the highways sector, the paper is supported by the CIHT partnership network, of which Milestone is a member. The report provides useful guidance to anyone with a role in reducing and ultimately eliminating the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and operation of transport infrastructure.
Milestone’s best practice is showcased by two case studies within the paper. The first focuses on Milestone’s success with the Oxfordshire Partnership Carbon Reduction Strategy, which embeds its contractual carbon reduction targets with client, Oxfordshire County Council. The Carbon Reduction Strategy, alongside the Framework Alliance Contract (FAC), works to promote carbon reduction, collaboration, and social value.
As part of the Carbon Reduction Strategy, Milestone formed a carbon reduction group, who have worked to create a carbon portal to support real time comparisons between historic carbon emissions and current performance across the contract, allowing data on approved performance to be captured as it arises.
Carbon workshops, involving specialists from Oxfordshire County Council, Milestone, and the wider supply chain, have also been introduced, to identify and secure buy-in to four priority areas (Design, Materials, Plant & Fleet and Depots) and create a shared delivery plan.
Success throughout the collaborative carbon focused engineering process has included switching from diesel to Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel across the Oxfordshire Contract Milestone fleet, delivering 330t CO2e annual savings across the contract, alongside the use of the Dragon Patcher pothole repair system, instead of traditional two person patching gang, which delivered an 800tCO2e saving.
The second case study provided by Milestone focused on its Hampshire Highways contract and the Micheldever Road Materials Recycling Facility (MRMRF).
The MRMRF is a key element of Hampshire Highways’ Carbon Strategy. The facility was developed to allow Hampshire Highways to recycle raw materials already embedded in its roads, supporting maintenance of the existing assets, while significantly reducing carbon emissions from the manufacture and transportation of key materials.
The facility improves the reliability of supply, offering productivity benefits by reducing the risk of interruption to projects. The facility is also used by Hampshire Highways to support trials and adoption of innovative lower temperature materials, including a new carbon negative recycled asphalt mix and a low carbon concrete using recycled aggregate.
Milestone is proud to support the sector to scale-up the use of best practices and accelerate the scale and pace of decarbonisation.
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