Locking in carbon

The binder locks carbon into asphalt and bitumen, turning roads into technical ‘carbon sinks’. As the asphalt is recyclable, most of this carbon will not re-enter the atmosphere, even at the end of its life. High levels of asphalt recycling ensure that carbon is kept within a circular economy and stored within other applications.

“This solution is a great example of how innovation can help decarbonise construction and improve circularity at the same time,” said Raman Ojha, Vice President, Shell Construction and Road.

As well as removing and storing carbon, Shell Bitumen CarbonSink also helps construction companies to improve the sustainability of their operations by reducing the need for non-renewable resources in asphalt pavement construction.