The road: actor of durable mobility, BRRC Synthesis F46/09

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In this brochure, BRRC concentrates on the topic area of sustainable development. Sustainable development is becoming increasingly hard to ignore any sector of society, and is perceived as a potential driving force behind economic development. More particularly at the Belgian level, the principle of sustainable development has been included (since 2006) in the Constitution, which clearly underlines that it is more than a temporary craze. This inclusion in the Constitution means that policy decisions must fit in with the wider vision of sustainable development.

"Sustainable development is development that meets the need of the present generation without constraining the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.

[Universally accepted definition from the report “Our common future” (Brundtlandt report) published in 1987 by the World Commission on Environment and Development.]

Sustainability is also a challenge to the branch in which BRRC is active. The road construction sector is faced with it when developing techniques for building roads. BRRC uses the broad definition of the concept of roads (roads are for all users) as given in the white paper “European transport policy for 2010: time to decide” published in 2001. From this perspective, mobility is the indispensable link between road construction as such and its societal environment. In the sector of mobility the term “sustainable mobility” is used for sustainability.

BRRC’s report discusses the indispensable link formed by roads in passenger and goods transport, in the present context where sustainability occupies centre stage. The role of roads in sustainable development is presented from various angles:

  • the context: sustainable development and sustainable mobility;
  • roads in relation with the 3 Ps (People, Planet and Prosperity);
  • the objectives of durable roads (Greener, Safer and Smarter) and the difficulties to be overcome;
  • the implications for authorities, contract awarders and contractors;
  • BRRC as a partner for sustainable roads.


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