Examples include ‘Low Temperature Asphalt’, where the lower production temperature of asphalt results in CO2 reduction, or LED lighting, which reduces electricity consumption (and therefore CO2 emissions). In some cases, energy can even be generated. Think, for example, of solar panels on the roadsides or on roundabouts.
In recent years, the province of Groningen has already carried out pilots within a number of projects with innovative applications that cut back on CO2 emissions. The idea is that the main focus is on applications that can then be scaled up to standard applications for the entire provincial infrastructure, such as the use of ‘Low Temperature Asphalt’ or, for example, climate-neutral bamboo boards, instead of aluminium road signs. In this way, the successful pilots can be immediately incorporated into the provincial policy and applied structurally.
By 2035 at the latest, the province wants to be able to ensure that all infrastructure is completely CO2 neutral (or as much as possible).