Sharing Best Practice – Thursday 02 November 2023

The date has been set for our annual Sharing Best Practice event, aimed at local authority highway engineers. The agenda includes speakers covering a range of pertinent topics highlighting sector innovation, local authority case studies and updates on materials development.

To register your interest in our free online event, email your name and contact details to: and use ‘Sharing Best Practice 2023’ as the subject heading.

Sharing Best Practice – Thursday 24 November 2022

Over 220 delegates from more than 100 local authorities across England, Wales and Scotland registered in advance to attend the virtual event – highlighting the importance that our sector places on working together and the benefits of sharing knowledge so progress can be made when dealing with present and future industry challenges.

The programme, which focussed on decarbonisation and network resilience, was split into four sessions: The Route to Net Zero Strategies, Approaches to Measurement, Warm Mix Asphalts Panel Discussion and Defining Resilience. As AIA Chair, Rick Green, set out in his welcome, these subjects are all pertinent in supporting local authorities to achieve their sustainability goals and increased collaboration, especially during these financially pressurised times, will be key to achieving this.

Our speakers provided valuable insight during their sessions and have kindly made their presentations, slides or discussions available to view:

From The Outside Looking in
Ben Clatworthy, Transport Correspondent, The Times

A Change Theory To Reduce The Carbon Footprint Of Highways Maintenance For Wales
Ed Evans, Director and Secretary, CECA Wales/Cyfarwyddwr ac Ysgrifennydd CECA Cymru

Decarbonising Highways Maintenance: Developing A Decarbonisation Strategy For Lancashire
Paul Binks, Highways Asset Manager, Lancashire County Council
Slides available here

National Highways Net Zero Plan – An Update
Matt Wayman, Senior Pavements Advisor National Highways

Devon County Council’s Carbon Reduction Model For Highway Construction Works
Victoria Walsh, Highway Systems Manager, Devon County Council
Slides available here

Warm Mix Asphalts Panel Discussion
Diane Ware, Highways Asset Planning Manager, North Somerset Council; Brian Kent, Chair, MPA Asphalt Committee and Rick Ashton, Market Development Manager, TotalEnergies

Defining Resilience In The Asphalt Sector
Dr. Breixo Gómez Meijide, Technical Director, European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA)
Slides available here

Sharing Best Practice – 2021

More than 180 delegates from over 90 local authorities registered in advance to attend the virtual event – highlighting the value that our sector places on collaboration and the benefits associated with finding out how industry colleagues are dealing with the challenges we all face.

The programme was split into two sessions: Build Back Better and The route to net zero asphalt. As AIA Chair, Rick Green, set out in in his opening remarks, these two issues will become increasingly intertwined in the years to come, with the rate of change only set to accelerate as recovery from the pandemic gathers pace and the Government gives more detail on its route to achieving net zero networks. 

Our speakers have kindly made their presentations, interviews or discussions available and these can be viewed by clicking below:

Sharing Best practice 2020

Part of the recording from sharing best practice 2020 is available on our YouTube channel:

Collaborative research project – HE, MPA and Eurobitume: Filtering protocol for innovative paving materials, including waste derived materials
Malcolm Simms, Director MPA Asphalt, Mineral Products Association and Director, Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) and Helena Lacelle, Principal Engineer, Pavement Design and Asset management, Transportation AECOM