French Vision. A French Approach to Sustainable Roads

This article describes how sustainable development is often presented as resting on three pillars, economics, social and environmental and these rules apply to the highway industry. The market has reflected these requirements by delivering the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) deal and local authorities have created what is called Agenda 21. The Agenda 21 and CSR charters will form part of a new standard, ISO 26000, which is due to be published in the coming months. Compliance is at the heart of this new standard, which stipulates that it has not been designed for new certification, but to show that there can be no economic development without ethical practices. The standard will help each organization to meet responsibility targets for the impact of its decisions and activities on society and on the environment. In addition the new will also ensure accountability. For the highway industry, CSR can be seen as the latest in corporate management action. Companies are used to keeping a close eye on incomes and expenditures, and they set up quality systems just as rigorously. These have evolved into management systems, on which CSR is based. From a conventional customer-supplier relationship has developed an approach that makes for a better fit with current day complexities, in which companies try to identify challenges to guarantee success. The French Convention d'Engagement Voluntaire (CEV) agreement provides a new basis for governance, better able to respond to the issues raised by sustainable development in the infrastructure sector. This is of prime concern for roads, a sector that must more than ever improve its compatibility with the target of preserving natural resources and biodiversity, and reducing greenhouse gas, both during construction and during use. Reducing the consumption of natural resources means focusing on recycling, in particular on the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and of the bitumen it contains.


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  • Accession Number: 01350521
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 25 2011 12:48PM