Together with Wavin and Total, we now have a vast pool of knowledge, experience and resources, and can take concrete steps in the development of PlasticRoad. We expect to have a first prototype completed by year-end 2017
For VolkerWessels, sustainability means accepting our responsibility to provide a positive contribution to our employees, the market, the environment and the community.
It is our duty to remain a healthy business that creates added value in the economic, social, ecological and community areas.
In this context, our organisation’s strongly decentralised character plays a leading role. Our operating companies work rather independently and differ considerably in respect to typology and market proposition. Where one operating company can take huge strides in reducing CO2 emissions with its own innovations, another company can actually make a big difference with a sophisticated approach to waste management. We want to do justice to these differences in our policy.
A CR policy has been developed centrally, which is elaborated at local level. Based on the group policy, operating companies can develop and elaborate their own sustainability policies. CR project groups are set up at numerous operating companies. They translate the group policy into their own situation and develop their policies within the set frameworks.
VolkerWessels introduces the PlasticRoad
VolkerWessels subsidiary KWS, Wavin and Total announced an agreement to develop the PlasticRoad.
The PlasticRoad concept, first introduced in 2015 by KWS, entails recycling plastic waste into lightweight modules with hollow interiors that can be fitted with cables and plastic pipes and allow excess water to drain. The pre-fabricated units will be easy to transport, assemble and maintain, and the lighter weight means the ground will be less prone to subsidence. The objective is to create a road with a smaller ecological footprint than traditional road systems. When the elements reach their end of life expectancy they can be recycled again, contributing toa circular economy and cleaner environment.