Highway Maintenance

Environmental Factors

1. Introduction

1.1 Hampshire County Council assesses its environmental footprint as part of its wider sustainability performance framework, a bespoke methodology using the Aalborg Commitments which has received national recognition by the IDeA as best practice.

1.2. The County Council demonstrated its strong commitment to sustainability by voluntarily signing up to the Aalborg Commitments in June 2004..

1.3 These commitments provide a framework for the County Council to put sustainability at the heart of its business and services and look at social, economic and environmental issues together.

1.4 In summary, sustainable development implies the following principles which can be adopted for highway maintenance operations:

  • A reduction in the consumption of natural resources, including energy. Non renewable resources should be substituted with renewable resources.

  • Waste should be reduced, reused or recycled.

  • Biodiversity should be preserved or enhanced.

  • Valuable natural and physical assets and amenities should be preserved and protected.

1.5 Environmental factors for consideration include;

  • Water

  • Carbon production

  • Noise

  • Biodiversity

  • Natural and physical assets and amenities

2. Policy

2.1 Hampshire County Council, as the Highway Authority, shall consider environmental factors whenever designing a maintenance scheme or planning a maintenance operation. The choice of materials and processes that preserve or enhance the environment should have due regard to health and safety.

Version No:   1.1

Effective from:   14/10/2010

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