A variety of resources will be generated during the course of the project, designed to be of use to different audiences. These will cover publications and deliverables produced as the project progresses, scientific papers and training materials for end users.

Project Deliverables

  • This document (D2.1) provides an inventory of good practice and makes recommendations for approaches that can be adopted by NRAs to accelerate their transition to circularity. It is based on the results of an extensive review of academic and industry literature, a questionnaire survey with follow up interviews of selected NRAs in Europe and workshop discussions with industry experts.
  • This document carries out the objectives outlined in Work Package 2, Task 2.2 of the CERCOM project. Accomplishing the task’s primary aim of facilitating the data collection necessary for developing the CERCOM Risk Based Assessment Framework (RBAF) in WP3 will require the completion of five key objectives, the results of which are described throughout this document:
    1. Establishing data requirements of WP3
    2.  Mapping available data
    3. Evaluating available data quality
    4. Reviewing existing data management systems (DMS)
    5. Recommendations for integration of data across Asset Management systems (AMS)
    The goal is to identify and map out all relevant data available, as well as information required from national road authorities, and identifying the overlap in their standards for road maintenance and reconstruction, with the aim of harmonizing the tool’s applicability across CEDR NRAs.
  • Deliverable 3.1 encompasses the work performed as part of CERCOM Tasks 3.1 – 3.3 and delivers a roadmap to the application of the work carried out as part of these work packages. As such, this document details the stages involved in developing the Risk Based Analysis Framework (RBAF) as well as guidance on the application of the framework within current public procurement practices. A key part of this work is the development of KPIs used within the RBAF to aid the move from a linear to circular economy.
  • The major objective of this report is to demonstrate the validity of the Risk-Based Analysis Framework (RBAF) developed as part of the CERCOM project (in Deliverables D3.1 and D3.2) through technical case studies covering a range of pavement maintenance options. The steps associated with the quantification of risks in adopting a particular maintenance strategy such as life extension (R4), refurbishing (R5 or R6), and use of recycled materials (R8) were detailed. In addition, the different assessment categories that must be utilized to understand the circularity and sustainability potential of various strategies were elucidated along with the development of specific technical, environmental, economic, circularity, and social Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) relevant to the case studies examined as part of deliverables D4.1 & D4.2. 
  • D4.3 presents the third of three case studies carried out in Work Package 4 and explores the practical implementation of RE and CE principles in the delivery of road infrastructure projects. The objective was to identify strategies adopted by NRAs to embed RE and CE thinking in their organisation and supply chain. The results are presented in two parts: section 2 presents an in-depth investigation of the approach adopted by the UK National Highways (NH) to make CE an integral part of road infrastructure management. Section 3 presents brief descriptions of five initiatives that are in early stages of development from 4 countries (UK, Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden) representing constituent aspects with potential to contribute to CE: 
    • Initiative 1: Resource exchange mechanism (UK) – (In1) 
    • Initiative 2: Circular road partner programme (NL) – (In2) 
    • Initiative 3: Sweating the pavement asset (IE) – (In3) 
    • Initiative 4: Living document / route map to energy reduction in tunnels (NL) – (In4) 
    • Initiative 5: Interactive decision support tool for climate action (SE) – (In5) 


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Scientific and Journal Articles

  • Implementation of the circular economy and resource efficiency has the potential to significantly contribute to decarbonisation targets, while using fewer natural resources, maintaining or enhancing biodiversity and providing regenerative design for generations to come. The CERCOM project has developed an innovative risk-based framework and management tool to facilitate a step change in the adoption of Resource Efficiency (RE) and Circular Economy (CE) principles in procurement and multi-lifecycle management by National Road Authorities (NRAs) across Europe.
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Case Studies

Testing the validity of the risk-based analysis framework

Our case studies will test the validity of the risk-based approach developed in WP3 over a range of technical areas at different levels of development and maturity.

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Comparing maintenance options for asphalt pavements

Assessing the technical, economic and long-term environmental viability of preservation techniques, high-recycled content asphalt, and incorporation of waste resource streams as secondary materials

Investigation of recycling concrete technologies

Comparison of current practice with innovative methods for concrete recycling into high-end products

Decarbonising pavement maintenance

Applying a whole systems approach to assess options for decarbonisation