In North-West Europe alone, 500 kilotons of bituminous waste – like old roofing felts- per year ends as landfill or in cement ovens. This harms the environment. Eco-roofing made of recycled and virgin bitumen, can reduce the EU’s dependency on fossil oil
The BiELSo recycling process already delivers substantial environmental benefits by reducing the quantity of virgin bitumen needed by the construction industry.
But the BiELSo process also provides other significant sustainable construction gains. As well as protecting non-renewable oil reserves, the energy required for fossil fuel extraction and processing is also significantly reduced, as is the energy required to transport bitumen worldwide.
The production of recycled roofing products also means that old roof coverings no longer add to landfill sites, further reducing the CO2 emissions generated throughout the bitumen supply chain.
Should the BiELSo project succeed, there will be real environmental benefits: the reduction in CO2 emissions of 1 square meter of Ecorec equals the CO2 emissions of a car, driving 1 kilometre.
Benefits of BiELSo
- Helping meet CO2 emissions targets - As buildings generate significant CO2, an annual reduction of CO2 emissions is now a target for many building owners – and BiELSo can make a real contribution to achieving this goal.
- Certified CO2 savings - Icopal provides all BiELSo users with a certificate stating the precise CO2 savings achieved when a BiELSo roofing product is used, or when a bitumen roof is dismantled using the BiELSo process.
- Sustainable procurement - BiELSo products allow building developers, owners, local authorities and governments to procure a sustainable roofing solution, one which recycles old roofs and uses the resulting bitumen to create new roofs.
- A sustainable construction building block - For architects employing highly sustainable construction methodologies, BiELSo provides a recycled roofing product, and one which also does not compromise design freedom.
- Highly durable - Not only are BiELSo roofing products highly durable, but the virtually endless recycling offered by the BiELSo process results in a roof with an almost infinite lifetime.