A huge expanse of asphalt has been dug up as part of preparation work for the expanding Enterprise Zone located at Samlesbury but rather than simply disposing of it, the county council is working with highway industry experts to process elements into a new material, which is being used to resurface roads around the county. The recycled material is being used to form an initial base layer, with the final ‘surface course’ being laid on top of this.

Around 17,000 tonnes of this recycled material has already been used to resurface roads across Lancashire with a number of further resurfacing projects to come. The recycling operation is due to be finished by October so that development of the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone site can continue.
The Samlesbury Aerodrome has been the birthplace for decades of technological innovation, and I'm very pleased that we're playing our own part in this as we prepare for future construction at the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, which will secure the future of high-tech industry at this site. We're increasingly taking advantage of developments in the highways industry such as the availability of recycled asphalt to reduce the environmental impact of maintaining our roads. As well as helping to cut our carbon footprint, we no longer have the waste, and cost, of disposing of the old road surface." County Councillor Rupert Swarbrick, cabinet member for highways and transport
Roller laying runway material on a road in Burnley
Using the recycled asphalt reduces CO2  output by around one third compared with using new material. Another environmental positive with this scheme is that a special machine recycles the material in-situ at Samlesbury before taking it straight to the sites where it is used to resurface the roads, significantly cutting the road miles that would otherwise be travelled to process it.
Hannah Swindell, Air’s Head of Sustainability We were delighted to support activities such as this which help reduce the environmental impact on our communities. Like Lancashire County Council, we are committed to driving down our carbon emissions and helping the drive towards net zero, and being able to support this activity is just a small example of that in action.”



We recognise the need to accelerate our response in relation to climate change including alignment of our business with the goals of the Paris Agreement. As a result, during 2020, environmental leads and functional representatives from across the business worked together to scope a net zero ambition for the group. Following this first phase of work, we can now outline our ambition to get to net zero.
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