The Federal Highway Administration has announced $6.4 billion heading to states over five years to help reduce carbon emissions through infrastructure projects, including use of low-carbon pavement technologies, according to the National Asphalt Pavement Association.
The new Carbon Reduction Program, which is part of the $1 trillion infrastructure law, includes funding for such projects as electric-vehicle charging stations, building public transportation corridors and creating walking and biking trails.
The program’s guidance also includes low-carbon asphalt pavements, NAPA says.
Low-carbon highway pavement projects would be eligible if a lifecycle assessment demonstrates that the low-carbon pavement would lead to significant reductions on carbon-dioxide emissions when compared to typical pavement practices, according to NAPA. The lifecycle assessment can be calculated by using FHWA’s LCA Pave Tool that can determine the carbon-dioxide impacts of pavement material and design decisions.
NAPA says the CRB guidance is not a mandate, “but a free-market approach to utilize ready-to-go pavement technologies that reduce carbon emissions.”
“As the sector generating the most carbon emissions in the U.S. economy, transportation must play a leading role in solving the climate crisis,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “The Carbon Reduction Program will help reduce pollution from transportation and move us closer to the President’s ambitious goal of cutting emissions in half by 2030.”
“This new program provides states and local agencies in both urban and rural areas the flexibility and funding needed to reduce emissions and build a more sustainable transportation network that will benefit all travelers,” says Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack. “The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law makes transformative investments in our nation’s transportation infrastructure, and this is one of the key programs that will help address the climate crisis.”
The funding would be spread out from 2022 to 2026.
Here’s a breakdown from the FHWA on how much each state would receive over five years:
Estimated 5-Year Total
Dist. of Col.