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Sustainability for road infrastructure : transportation responds to environmental challenges

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      A supplement to World Highways & ITS International
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      Safety was, until very recently, the prime guiding criterion of road transport development. Environmental impacts enjoyed scant regard, being seen as a necessary evil if life and commerce were to go on. A few, more progressive regional and national governments implemented schemes and initiatives which showed what could be done with a little thought and application, while more green-minded individuals made lifestyle choices which reduced their effects on the world around them. In reality, though, their efforts yielded little in the face of continued profligacy and even outright denial elsewhere. A decade ago, few could have predicted that emissions and energy policy would rank as an equal to safety in political terms. Whatever one’s view of the success or otherwise of the Kyoto Protocol and its successors (the 16th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was just starting as this foreword was being written), they have at their heart a common theme: that efficient energy use could yield significant cuts in emissions at (relatively) low cost. Transport is not our biggest single polluter. But it is a major one. It is reasonable to expect that big efforts be made to curb its effects, therefore, and this first Sustainability for Road Infrastructure supplement is especially significant given its genealogy. Combining the strategic, constructional and operational foci of World Highways and ITS International magazines, it looks at the challenges and solutions of road transport all the way from the conceptual to the actual; a fact reflected in the order of the articles herein. As such it is a rare and precious resource, and one which will grow in importance in coming year
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