A climate-smart route
The bitumen cargo travels 1030 kilometres. All told, 28 kg of carbon dioxide is emitted per tonne of bitumen during transport. 83 per cent of the trip takes place by climate-smart sea freight. The total carbon dioxide emission from transport of the bitumen to the road construction site in Scotland corresponds to the emissions from one month of traffic on that same road.
If the bitumen had been transported by truck, it would only have made it one-third of the journey for the same carbon dioxide emissions. Which means a road in Roskilde, Denmark, would have had a nice new surface – while Jedburgh would wait forever for its road.