£30m to decarbonise UK highways.

In future roads could be built using asphalt made from grass cuttings and ‘carbon capturing’ cement, supported by £30m Government funding awarded to seven innovative, net-zero projects.

Through the Live Labs 2: Decarbonising Local Roads competition, seven projects led by local highways authorities have funding to tackle the long-term decarbonisation of highways infrastructure, such as streetlights, and transforming local authorities’ approach to efficiency.

Live Labs 2 is designed to ensure innovations are shared across the whole of the UK and bidders were encouraged to create partnerships across the public and private sector, and academia.

The programme follows the previous and successful Live Labs 1, a £22.9m innovation programme that focused on adoption of digital technology across the local roads sector in England.

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