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Devon County Council: A382 (Including Jetty Marsh Link Road) - Carbon Negative Project

A382 (Including Jetty Marsh Link Road) - Carbon Negative Project Live Labs 2


Corridor and place-based decarbonisation.

Local authorities:

Devon County Council.


Devon County Council is working in partnership with Milestone and the University of Exeter on the A382 improvement scheme as an opportunity to drive carbon reductions through the design, construction and maintenance of the project, with the ambition of it becoming the UK’s first carbon negative road.

Project description:

The A382 (Including Jetty Marsh Link Road) - Carbon Negative Project aims to radically accelerate the reduction of carbon emissions associated with the construction and maintenance of UK highways. It aims to demonstrate that by combining current and developing initiatives, carbon negative highways are possible.

The project will test new innovations, processes, materials and standards on a proposed highways scheme in order to demonstrate the carbon savings that are feasible on a project which is typical of highways projects nationwide. The A382 project provides a unique ‘Live Laboratory’ opportunity to drive carbon changes to the design, construction and maintenance. The scheme is currently in the detailed design stage under the stewardship of a partnership between Devon County Council (DCC) and Milestone Infrastructure Ltd.

Building on the significant work that DCC has already undertaken with the University of Exeter on measuring and evaluating carbon and working closely with other Live Labs the project will devise a route that delivers the A382 scheme as carbon negative over the whole life cycle of the project. The variety of infrastructure in the project mean that there will be learning that can be quickly applied to a broad spectrum of UK highways projects. The Live Labs proposal is to fund initiatives that come at an additional cost, to ensure nothing is cost prohibitive and to develop the blueprint for future projects to follow.

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