- Increased Productivity In Restricted Working Windows
- Improved Long-Term Durability
- Available All Year Round In Most Mix Types Including PMB
- Faster Cooling Resulting In Earlier Opening Times
- Improved Safety Less Risk Of Burns & Lower Fumes/Steam
- Superior Quality - Less Hardening Of Bitument During Manufacture
- Faster Overlay Of Lower Layers
- Significant Reduction In CO2
CEMEX is proud to launch our industry-leading CarbonNeutral® asphalt.
Our VIALOW reduced carbon asphalt includes the option to offset residual CO2e* to provide a CarbonNeutral product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
Road infrastructure makes a crucial contribution to economic development and growth, providing important social as well as recreational benefits. Access to employment, social, health and education services makes a road network crucial in fighting against poverty. Roads open more areas and stimulate economic and social development. For those reasons, road infrastructure is the most important of all public assets.
Our purpose is to build a better future, and unsurprisingly we think asphalt is an essential part of our country’s infrastructure. However, we recognise future construction needs to be balanced with the effect it is having on the environment.
It is for this reason that carbon reduction is at the heart of the government’s construction strategy as it works to move the country to a low-carbon economy by 2050.
*Carbon Dioxide equivalent (CO2e): A unit of measurement that describes for a GHG (Greenhouse Gas) the amount of CO2 in tonnes that would have the same global warming potential, when measured over a 100-year timescale.
VIALOW is our low temperature asphalt, that allows the re-opening of a jobsite more quickly after completion of road works, as the asphalt reaches appropriate trafficking temperatures faster than conventional hot mix asphalt. Stationary vehicles as a result of traffic caused due to road closures create 4 times as much pollutants when compared to moving vehicles.
VIALOW significantly lowers the overall carbon footprint when compared to hot mix asphalt equivalents. A reduction in fuel used during the manufacturing process makes this type of material a sustainable option for any project. Highways England estimates that an increase in shift outputs of 20% could be provided by using low temperature asphalt on its network, saving up to £70 million a year.
We want to help our clients to specify lower carbon asphalt solutions. With the launch of VIALOW, CEMEX aims to make it simple for clients to choose asphalts with a lower embodied carbon, offset residual emissions and help drive vital change.
VIALOW is available in all Asphalt Concrete Base, Binder and Surface courses as well as Hot Rolled Asphalt (only where pre coated chippings are not required), Stone Mastic Asphalt and our full Proprietary range. VIALOW can achieve up to a 20% reduction in embodied carbon emissions when comparing against standard conventional mixes.
VIALOW Product Range
VIALOW is a new range of low temperature, low carbon asphalts from CEMEX, available in all equivalent conventional and proprietary mixes enabling embodied carbon reductions of up to 20%. All existing CEMEX asphalt mixes can be converted to VIALOW to help reduce CO2 emissions.
VIALOW Zero - The remaining unavoidable emissions can be offset if you select our VIALOW zero option where we work with Natural Capital Partners, a carbon offset and carbon neutrality specialist. Our offsets are verified by the Gold Standard or Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and include projects focusing on the planting of trees. Converting to VIALOW zero offsets all the remaining CO2 to create a 100% carbon neutral asphalt
Project Profile - Whaley Bridge
The client required a warm mix, lower temperature Asphalt for a project at the Whaley Dam in the Peak District. To meet their needs, we discussed options with the contractor, Joule Brady, and recommended the use of VIALOW, due to its lower carbon emissions and enhanced workability at lower temperatures.
We were able to supply the material from our nearby Dove Holes plant, which not only increased the speed of delivery and service, but also had a positive environmental impact due to reduced emissions from transportation. By leveraging the proximity of our plant to the jobsite, we were able to help our client achieve their project goals while minimizing their carbon footprint.
VIALOW ZERO WARM MIX ASPHALT
Project Profile - Liverpool, Lark Lane
VIALOW Zero, supplied by CEMEX’s Liverpool Docklands asphalt plant, was selected by the Council for Lark Lane – a vibrant hub of the city on the edge of historic Sefton Park. Home to many popular boutiques, bars, and restaurants, high-density pedestrian footfall and road-user traffic means continuous round-the-clock access to the busy street is required.
VIALOW - Docklands, Liverpool
VIALOW In Action
The CarbonNeutral Protocol
We are providing carbon finance for projects that have to prove that without carbon finance they would not be viable.
To do this we are working with Natural Capital Partners (naturalcapitalpartners.com).
Natural Capital Partners is an award-winning expert on carbon neutrality and climate finance, that is harnessing the power of business to create a more sustainable world. Through a global network of projects, the company delivers the highest quality solutions which make real change possible:
- reducing carbon emissions,
- generating renewable energy,
- building resilience in supply chains,
- conserving and restoring forests and biodiversity,
- improving health and livelihoods.
The company was founded 20 years ago and has more than 300 clients in 34 countries. The CarbonNeutral Protocol was created and is managed by Natural Capital Partners.
It was the first clear set of guidelines for businesses to achieve carbon neutrality back in 2002, and every year since then Natural Capital Partners has continued its commitment to providing a robust framework for credible carbon neutral action. It is reviewed annually with input from the Advisory Council to ensure it reflects the latest developments in emissions measurement and reductions.