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Geneva, 19 December 2013
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Gearing up for Greener Road Infrastructure

IRF reiterates its commitment towards making sustainable transport a reality by releasing a new publication that looks at tangible solutions for each of the stages in the life-cycle of road infrastructure. The publication “Moving Towards Green Road Infrastructure: Case Studies and Lessons Learned” is the result of the IRF Environment Committee’s long standing capacity to act as a catalyst in raising awareness, promoting immediate practical action, and inspiring further innovation throughout the sector.
Released in Geneva on 11 December, in the framework of the IRF Summit “Bringing Policy and Practice Together”, the publication “Moving Towards Green Road Infrastructure: Case Studies and Lessons Learned” marks the fulfillment of the goal the IRF Environment Committee had set for itself in terms of tools to be developed to elucidate the stand of the Federation and its members, when it comes to roads and environment.

Achieving sound environmental and sustainability outcomes has long been an integral part of International Road Federation (IRF) members’ policy and practice. A landmark Policy Statement, a CD Rom showcasing Innovative Practices for Greener Roads have already provided valuable guidance over the past years. This new publication now reinforces IRF members’ resolve to be at the vanguard of efforts to further improve the environmental performance of the road sector.

The projects therein examined have made provisions for sustainability at different stages of the life-cycle of road infrastructure: road planning, design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation, management and operation. The case studies presented are diverse by nature and geographical span, thus providing a solid basis for a thorough reflection on how to ensure that we design, construct, maintain and operate sustainable roads.

.“When addressing the subject of a road project’s impacts on the environment, there is no one single method to achieve success” says Susanna Zammataro from IRF Geneva. “Each road project is unique and will require a unique blend of different environmental adaptation & mitigation techniques and measures”.

IRF members believe that, if widely adopted and wisely applied, the recommendations provided in this new publication will prove that economic development and protection of the environment need not be irreconcilable goals and that viable green road infrastructure is today a reality.

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Faithful to its mission, IRF aims at keeping this knowledge alive by feeding this work with new case studies and by enriching it with new interactive material through the ibook format. The continued effort on knowledge sharing and dissemination – supported also through the development of the gTKP platform – will be one of the priority areas on which the IRF Environment Committee will focus next year. During the meeting in Geneva, the Committee has also confirmed its pro-active stand and leadership in the on-going debate on Green Public Procurement and its willingness to start working on a voluntary commitment on sustainable transport that would join the pledges made by other partners within the SLoCaT Partnership,  of which IRF is a member.
 

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"This work underscores the strategic relevance of IRF’s commitment” says Dimitris Mandalozis, Chairman of the IRF Environment Committee. “It’s our contribution to the global effort, aiming at tracking the sustainability of the transport sector. Together with other partners and organizations, we are working to ensure that transport becomes an integral and important part of the post-2015 goal framework”.

Initiated in 2007, the IRF Environment Committee’s mission is to advocate for environmentally-sustainable road development, maintenance and operation, by raising awareness, providing policy guidance and the exchange of knowledge and good practice. Benefiting from the expertise of members issued from the public and the private sector worldwide, the IRF Environment Committee has become an established platform in the sustainable transport arena.


For more information, please contact:

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Susanna Zammataro
IRF Geneva
szammataro@irfnet.ch

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Dimitris Mandalozis
Attika Tollway
DMANDALO@attikesdiadromes.gr

About IRF

Established in 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, representing leading corporate and institutional players drawn from the road infrastructure sector worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. Its approach is centred on key strategic components of knowledge transfer & information sharing, connecting people, businesses and organisations and policy & advocacy. Through its Expert Groups and Committees that address key economic, environmental and social issues, IRF is qualified and able to make a decisive global contribution to the road sector. As a not-for-profit organisation, based in Switzerland, IRF provides a neutral and global platform for the entire road infrastructure sector.

 
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