Not only can the world’s CO2 emissions be reduced significantly through the use of asphalt preservation products such as GSB-88©, but governments and businesses alike can save billions of dollars in paving costs annually...
Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) February 08, 2012
Imagine eliminating the total annual carbon dioxide emissions of Japan, or the combined emissions of the United Kingdom and Canada. A Salt Lake City, Utah company, Asphalt Systems, Inc. now has the data to prove that it can be done, and rather than costing money, it would actually save billions of dollars while mitigating climate change and global warming.
Asphalt Systems, Inc. (ASI), recently became the first company in its industry to complete a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) on their asphalt preservation product, GSB-88©. The assessment measures the environmental impact of products and services over the course their life cycle. The analysis revealed the potential to reduce global carbon emissions by 1.2 billion metric tons each year, simply by using ASI’s GSB-88® asphalt preservation product. This would effectively reduce total world CO2 emissions by 3% to 4% annually. According to the Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC), the total carbon emissions from Japan in 2010 were 1.1 billion metric tons, and the combined emissions from the United Kingdom and Canada was 1.0 billion metric tons.
Jay Walters, ASI’s CEO, commented: “Not only can the world’s CO2 emissions be reduced significantly through the use of asphalt preservation products such as GSB-88©, but governments and businesses alike can save billions of dollars in paving costs annually. This kind of meaningful product innovation should be what all companies strive for in today’s world.”
GSB-88® is a unique gilsonite-based, emulsified sealer-binder formulation that seals and binds asphalt pavements by reintroducing the oils and resins that have been lost through oxidation and normal use of the asphalt. It is a non-carcinogenic, non-toxic, water-based formulation that employs no coal tars. In ideal situations, the average life of asphalt is ten years. Through a regular maintenance schedule the life of asphalt can be extended indefinitely.
This regular maintenance is done at a fraction of the cost of repaving. During the Life Cycle Assessment of GSB-88©, it was determined that the treatment of one square meter of asphalt with GSB-88© produced 23 grams of CO2 equivalent. Using that data the following was determined.
It is estimated that there are 17.7 trillion square meters of asphalt road in the world. Based on this estimated number the difference between rebuilding a road with a two inch asphalt overlay and two applications of GSB-88©, once every five years, brings a reduction in CO2 emissions equal to 687 grams per square meter. 17.7 trillion x 687 equals 12,225 trillion grams of CO2 that are saved by using GSB-88© rather than replacing the road surface. With 1 million grams per metric ton, the total CO2 reductions are equal to 12.2 billion metric tons over the ten year period. For each year there is a savings of 1.2 billion metric tons of CO2 emissions. The full reports can be found at http://www.asphaltsystemsinc.com