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2016 - UK - Rolling resistance contribution to a road pavement life cycle carbon footprint analysis

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2016 - UK - Rolling resistance contribution to a road pavement life cycle carbon footprint analysis

Although the impact of road pavement surface condition on rolling resistance has been included in the life cycle assessment (LCA) framework of several studies in the last years, there is still a high level of uncertainty concerning the methodological assumptions and the parameters that can affect the results. In order to adopt pavement carbon footprint/ LCA as a decision-making tool, it is necessary to explore the impact of the chosen methods and assumptions on the LCA results.

This paper provides a review of the main models describing the impact of the pavement surface properties on vehicle fuel consumption and analyses the influence of the methodological assumptions related to the rolling resistance ontheLCAresults.ItcomparestheCO2 emissions,calculated with two different rolling resistance models existing in literature, and performs a sensitivity test on some specific input variables (pavement deterioration rate, traffic growth, and emission factors/fuel efficiency improvement). Results and discussion The model used to calculate the impact of the pavement surface condition on fuel consumption significantly affects the LCAresults.The pavementdeterioration rate influences the calculation in both models, while traffic growth and fuel efficiency improvement have a limited impact on the vehicle CO2 emissions resulting from the pavement condition contribution to rolling resistance.

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