Research Projects

Project at a Glance

Project Status: active

Title: Life-cycle assessment and co-benefits of cool pavements

Principal Investigator / Author(s): Levinson, Ronnen

Contractor: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Contract Number: 12-314

Research Program Area: Climate Change

Topic Areas: Behavioral Change, Benefits, Greenhouse Gas Control

Research Summary:

The construction, use, and maintenance of California roadways and parking lots are responsible for substantial energy and resource consumption, emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and other air pollutants. They therefore have a strong influence on local temperatures and air quality. As California re-engineers its cities to reduce GHG emissions, air pollution, and to adapt to the temperature and air quality impacts of climate change, decision-making requires a strong understanding of the life-cycle environmental impacts of conventional and cool pavements.

To address this need, this project will conduct a life-cycle assessment (LCA) of traditional cool pavements that will evaluate their life-cycle GHG emissions, and impacts on local climate and air quality. A pavement strategy guidance tool will be created to help local decision-makers as they consider adopting cool pavements in their Climate Action Planning. Finally, outreach and partnership strategies will be pursued to ensure the results are used in policy planning.


For questions regarding this research project, including available data and progress status, contact: Heather Choi at (916) 322-3893

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