• Alberta Transportation, the Alberta Roadbuilders & Heavy Construction Association (ARHCA), and Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA) have a Memorandum of Understanding to work together to a) reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria air contaminant (CAC) emissions from road construction and maintenance, and b) increase resiliency of Alberta’s highway network. A similar MOU has existed since 2009 between AT, ARHCA, and Alberta Environment; however the new MOU, signed Jan. 1, 2018, includes CEA.
• The implementation of this MOU is exercised through the Greening Maintenance and Construction Task Group. This group meets at least quarterly at Alberta Transportation headquarters.
The Task Group will carry out the following actions as part of this MOU:
1. Build on the past work done through the former MOU
2. Develop energy efficiency / emissions reduction education materials
3. Establish a mechanism for quantifying emissions, establish GHG baselines in the provincial road and bridge construction and maintenance sector, and establish a mechanism for measuring progress in GHG reduction
4. Support the development and implementation of tools, techniques, and guidelines to help decrease GHG and CAC emissions from road and bridge construction and maintenance projects
5. Increase awareness among ARHCA and CEA members of tools that can help assess infrastructure vulnerabilities to extreme weather events and future climatic changes
6. Establish mechanisms for building climate resilience into road and bridge construction and maintenance
• The MOU expires December 31, 2020
• To see the full MOU, click here.