BSSG Chair
Carl Robertus, Nynas

This important new group was formed in response to the Board of Directors’ call for a review of Eurobitume’s sustainability-related positioning and because sustainability was on the agenda of our three expert committees. The BSSG brings together member companies’ bitumen sustainability expertise, coordinates sustainability-related tasks and challenges and provides crucial steering, direction, focus and understanding of the priority areas. It also identifies the data required to create/update Eurobitume positions on sustainability issues.


New group for sustainability issues

Strategy development

The process of developing and populating this chart, grouping the trends and drivers, led us to define the three themes in the diagram below.

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Our three workstreams

The BSSG’s activity is categorised within three theme-based workstreams:
1. Product Life Cycle Aspects, managed by the new Task Force TF Environmental Impact and Life Cycle Assessment)
2. Secondary Materials (managed by the new Task Force TF Secondary Materials)
3. Climate Change Circularity Sustainability, which is managed directly by the BSSG.

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TF Environmental Impact and Life Cycle Assessment

This Task Force looks beyond the refinery gate when it come to the environmental impact of bitumen. Following the recent completion of the new LCI report, documenting the cradle-to-gate impact of bitumen, it is important to assess the impact of bitumen in its application throughout its whole life, including re-use or recycling for example.

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TF Secondary Materials

The joint Technical and HSE Task Force is working to develop a set of questions to consider - in categories including Safety, Chemistry, Handling, Health, Environment, Regulations and Performance - when incorporating waste/secondary materials in bitumen or asphalt. It will produce an up-to-date, fact-based position paper for external use, which outlines the opportunities, the challenges and the consequences of using ‘secondary materials’ in combination with bitumen and bituminous materials.

Climate Change Circularity Sustainability workstream

This workstream is about positioning bitumen from a sustainability perspective, demonstrating that although bitumen comes from a fossil resource it is sustainable and not turned into CO2 - unlike most other products from crude oil. Through its application in roads, bitumen contributes to sustainable mobility.