AfPA Sustainability Framework for Pavements (SF4P)

The role of the bituminous product industry in promoting sustainability and reducing our environmental impacts has been advanced by the development of the principles for the AfPA Sustainability Framework for Pavements (SF4P).

The framework is based on Circular Economy concepts, including life cycle thinking and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) approaches, considers the UN Sustainability Development goals and recognises the role the industry plays in society’s key waste reduction requirements.

What is the AfPA ‘SF4P’?

The AfPA SF4P is a key pillar of a broader Sustainability Strategy that enables Road Authorities and other stakeholders to define best practice, quantify sustainability achievements, embed sustainability metrics into procurement, and reward the industry for continuous improvement initiatives and investment they undertake.

The Framework is designed to assist procurers of pavement solutions to select from organisations demonstrating sustainable production processes leading to reductions in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions through adoption of solutions that look to minimise our reliance on virgin resources, such as maximising the use of RAP and other secondary materials.

How does the AfPA SF4P work?

AfPA encourages procurement agencies to adopt the SF4P to set quantifiable metrics and benchmarks for the reduction in environmental impacts associated with asphalt production and operations as part of their normal tendering processes.

The SF4P framework consists of a number of modules that can be used to assess the operations of service providers in terms of their sustainability across their Organisation (SF4O) | Asphalt Production (SF4A) | Project Delivery (SF4PD).

The SF4P has been developed through consultation across the industry and is now available for use by industry members and stakeholders.

More information

Click HERE to view an article outlining the process for Embedding Sustainability in Procurement.

For more information on the AfPA SF4A in your State, please email admin@afpa.asn.au or contact your relevant State Executive Director.

Night works of Crumb Rubber Modified Open Graded Asphalt being laid on the Sunshine Coast