New funding partner to help NAPA pave the ‘Road Forward’ to net-zero asphalt surfaces

The Road Forward, an initiative of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) to achieve net-zero carbon emission asphalt pavements by 2050, has a new funding partner, Summit Materials. Photo courtesy Bigstock

The Road Forward, a National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) initiative to achieve net-zero carbon asphalt pavements by 2050, has a new funding partner, Summit Materials (Summit), a vertically integrated producer of asphalt, aggregates, and cement products, and provider of paving and construction services.

In supporting The Road Forward, Summit is providing industry leadership, in alignment with their own corporate commitments on climate action. Their support will help fund ongoing research and education to aid the entire U.S. asphalt industry in producing net-zero carbon emission asphalt production and construction by 2050.

Headquartered in Denver, with presence in more than 400 locations in North America, it joined NAPA in 2010. Summit’s leadership has a long-standing commitment to the industry and NAPA, including service on NAPA’s environmental committee by senior vice president, safety performance, Brad Okoniewski, and vice president, Todd Swenson.

“Summit is grateful for NAPA’s partnership in helping us progress towards our 2030 and 2050 targets for carbon emissions reductions, including a strategy for achieving net-zero emissions by 2050,” says Karli Anderson, Summit’s executive vice president of environmental, safety, governance, and head of investor relations.

“For example, NAPA has provided important insights, tools, and support as Summit seeks to be the leading company to obtain published environmental production declarations (EPDs) for our asphalt plants. In recent months, we have obtained EPDs for our Mount Pleasant Asphalt (Texas), Paris Asphalt Plant (Texas), Greenville Asphalt (Texas), Silverthorne Asphalt (Colorado), Roland Asphalt (Colorado), and Texarkana (Arkansas). We plan to have the rest of our permanent facilities in Texas completed by the end of the year, with plans to expand across our footprint in 2023 and beyond.”

“We are thankful to Summit Materials for embracing a shared commitment to environmental reporting through NAPA’s emerald eco-label EPD software and to industry innovation through The Road Forward,” says Audrey Copeland, NAPA president and CEO, PhD, PE. “Their support not only propels our collective vision for sustainable communities and commerce connected by net zero carbon asphalt pavements, but also demonstrates the positive impact asphalt pavement producers can have in their own communities.”

NAPA is a trade association exclusively representing the interests of the asphalt pavement material producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities.

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