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Miller Paving first in Canada with EPDs

By Adam Freill   

Asphalt Construction Roads

Asphalt concrete pavement producer is the first Colas company, and first Canadian company to offer asphalt mixture EPDs.

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Miller Paving Ltd. recently became the first Canadian asphalt concrete pavement producer to offer Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its asphalt mixtures. A Colas company, Miller worked with its parent company for support during the 18-month process. This included partnering with WAP Sustainability and by association, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) to make the NAPA Emerald Eco-Label tool for the development of asphalt mixture EPD available in Canada.

The Miller Whitby Asphalt Plant now has several EPDs published on the NAPA website, and the company says it expects to add more EPDs for each product/mix produced in 2024.

EPDs are intended to provide a full, impartial, third-party verified report on the environmental, cradle-to-gate impact on the specific product produced at a particular plant. The process used to develop an EPD ensures consistency in data collection, analysis and reporting, while third-party verification ensures trustworthiness in the information communicated.

Not only do the reports help decision-makers assess a product from an environmental perspective, but the information contained in the EPDs also helps an asphalt manufacturer benchmark its products as it strives to find solutions to reduce environmental impact.

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“Having EPDs for the asphalt we produce is important to us at Colas because it helps improve our processes, the asphalt we produce, and their environmental impact. They also help us keep accurate carbon score and help us meet our carbon reduction goals that are part of our corporate CSR program,” said François Vachon, president of Colas Canada. “We expect more of our Colas companies in Canada to participate in the program and begin offering EPDs for the asphalt produced in their facilities.”

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