UKRLG e-newsletter January 2020
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Action needed fast to address climate emergency


Efforts to reduce vehicle speeds and encourage behaviour change can plan an important part in helping the transport sector to reduce its carbon footprint.

'Climate emergency' was the phrase of the year for 2019 according to Oxford Dictionaries and - alongside many governments and the EU Parliament - half of UK local authorities have declared one.

Since the UK published its Climate Change Act in 2008 pressure on governments across the world to act on climate change has accelerated considerably.

To read the full article:   Transportation Professional - January 2020 




Eco friendly corrosion protection offered by additive

According to the World Corrosion Organisation, corrosion causes $2.5Tr in damage to steel structures every year, representing between 3 and 4% of the annual gross domestic product of most industrialised countries.  

Recently new primers containing zinc and other pigments have been introduced.  These aim to fulfil the latest requirements for corrosion protection, as set out in an international standards document (ISO12944-2018), but unfortunately can also be highly toxic to acuatic life.  

Users in marine environments are therefore increasingly demanding primers with a much reduced zinc content.  

This is where graphene, a monlayer form of graphite, comes into play.  Being a conductive material, graphen is able to  favouralably influence the electochemical reaction that underlies corrosion, resulting in less rust.

Additionally, graphene can strengthen the adhesion of the binder in the coating system to the underlying substrate.  This helps to prevent (salty) water from separarting this protective coating from its substrate.

Furthermore, graphene also enhances the ability of paint coatings to control pollutants.  For example, a 15 litre pot of 'Graphenstone' is capable of absording 4.8kg of carbon dioxide.  In addition, the product is antibacterial, anti-mould and anti-fungal.

Written by Satbir Gill, UK Bridges Board and London Technical Advisors Group Chairman


To see the published piece see here:   Transportation Professional - January 2020

Graham Pendlebury awarded a CBE

Former Chair of the UK Roads Liaison Group, Graham Pendlebury was awarded a CBE in the New Year Honours for public service. Graham was formerly the Director for Local Transport at the Department for Transport. Congratulations to Graham from the UKRLG.


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