Carbon footprint

Greenhouse gas emissions are inevitable in regards to the construction of large transport projects. However, we can do something to minimise the footprint of the projects. Nye Veier will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from the construction phase and 75% from the operating period. This goal is one of our overall goals as well as increased benefit, increased traffic safety and reduced costs.

We achieve reduced Carbon Footprint through:
  • Proper planning and implementation of construction projects.
  • Conscious choice of materials and material quantities.
  • Increased use of alternative fuels.
  • Increased use of zero-emission technology during construction and in the operational period.
  • Emphasis on climate-reduction measures in our contracts.

See specific examples below:

Shorter bridge

We shorted down the length of the Stemmen bridge on the E18 in South-Norway by using surplus mass (on the right in the picture). Thus, the span became 120 meters shorter than initially planned. Less use of concrete reduces Carbon Footprint.
Photo: PNC Norway AS

Pellet fueled asphalt plant

Our turnkey Veidekke fuels the asphalt plant on pellets rather than gas. The result is reduced CO2-emissions by 41 % in the construction phase. Also, the emission is reduced by 71 % in the operating phase as a result of the fact that the asphalt has such high quality that it must be replaced one less time during its 20-year lifespan.
Photo: Veidekke

18.000 tonnes CO2

After we took over the development of new E18 between Rugtvedt and Dørdal, we reduced CO2-emissions from the development phase by 18.000 tonnes. In the original regulation plan, the project was estimated at 80 000 tonnes of CO2.

Other cases:

  • A four-lane highway increases traffic flow that leads to stable speed, fewer breakouts, and fewer accelerations.
  • Through optimising the roadway, we build shorter bridges and tunnels, which in turn leads to a reduction of concrete used in our projects. Also, we replace concrete with recycled glass and wood where we can.
  • In regards to the operation and maintenance of the road, we value big data to minimise congestion and reduce CO2 emissions.
  • We believe that the road of the future is part of a more extensive mobility network where different, and especially environmentally friendly modes of transport, should work in conjunction with each other.