Bio-Sourced Asphalt Paves a New Road for Clean Economy in Quebec

By Natural Resources Canada
Cision Newswire
September 11, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada, Canada East

ANGE-GARDIEN, QC – Natural Resources Canada announced over $1.5 million to FPInnovations for an innovative project to develop asphalt that contains wood-derived products from Canada’s forest sector. FPInnovations, in collaboration with the construction firm Eurovia and the government of Québec, will conduct an on-road pilot in Ange-Gardien, Quebec. Pilots have also been conducted in other provinces to test the asphalt’s performance in the wide range of climate conditions we see in Canada. The new asphalt being tested contains a renewable bioproduct, lignin, which is intended to replace a portion of the petroleum-based bitumen currently found in the asphalt used in roads. This new product would increase pavement preservation and possibly extend service life for pavements and roads in the face of climate change. “The contribution of the forest sector to the advancement of low-carbon products remains a major motivator for FPInnovations’ innovative projects,” said Stéphane Renou, President and CEO, FPInnovations.

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