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The Asphalt Institute’s sustainability initiatives directly support our members’ commitment to a sustainable future. These efforts are focused on achieving science-based targets and complying with public and private domain regulations. Our approach is framed within seven guiding principles. Click each one below to learn about a broad array of activities ranging from educational efforts to the production of technical tools. This section highlights sustainability initiatives funded and led by the Asphalt Institute within the purview of petroleum asphalt binder.


AI is embracing the topic of sustainability both from tactical (near-term) and strategic (long-term) perspectives. Specifically, while AI is addressing the tactical environmental sustainability needs such as developing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) program for asphalt binder, the Asphalt Institute Foundation (AIF) is supporting research and initiatives to support strategic needs.

Tactical Initiatives

  • Cradle to Gate LCA Study for Asphalt Binder (published 2019)
  • Product Category Rule (development phase)
  • Update to 2019 Cradle to Gate LCA Study for Asphalt Binder (development phase)
  • EPD Tool for Asphalt Binder (development phase)

Strategic Initiatives


  • Educational seminars
  • EPD Taskforce
  • Status updates to AI members
  • Transparency decision-making process

Pro-Active Participation with External Stakeholders

  • Responded to Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) inquiries – EPA; GSA and FHWA
  • Buy Clean initiatives – interaction with state agencies
  • Upstream supply chain engagement with American Petroleum Institute (API) and American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM)

Promotion of Holistic Approach

Correlated Aspects of Sustainability with Performance as Core Pillar

  • Performance – Achieve the engineering goals for which they have been constructed
  • Environmental – Preserve and ideally restore surrounding ecosystems
  • Economy – Use financial, human and environmental resources economically
  • Social – Meet human needs such as health, safety, equity, employment, comfort and happiness

The concept for this figure was inspired by a graphic presented by Migdalia Carrion, the Program Manager of the Sustainable Pavements Program at the Federal Highway Administration during the Technical Working Group meeting held April 18-20, 2023 in Delaware..

Entire Life-Cycle Perspective

  • Raw Material Extraction
  • Transportation 
  • Material Production
  • Transportation 
  • Construction/Installation
  • Usage 
  • End-of-Life 

Adherence to Standards

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) development
  • ISO 21930: “Comparison of construction products (e.g. asphalt binder, mixture) using an EPD shall be carried out in the context of the construction works (e.g. pavement structure)”
  • ISO 14040, 14044, 14025

Credibility Validation

EPD Program Overview

  • Open participation in AI EPD Taskforce
  • Independent program operator selected to facilitate Product Category Rules (PCR) development:
    •  Smart EPD
  • Third-party involvement during the PCR development phase agencies including:
    • , FHWA, FAA, EPA,
  • External reviewers as needed – during each phase from PCR development; LCA update and development of EPD tool
  • Upstream and downstream stakeholders – refer to supply chain image above

Education & Resources

Buy Clean Policies

Source: Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF)

Inflation Reduction Act