Khalifa University’s Asphalt Materials Laboratory Exploring Sustainable Practices


At Khalifa University, our Asphalt Materials Laboratory remains at the forefront of innovation, exploring sustainable practices to transform road infrastructure. We are proud to present our cutting-edge work in developing rubberized asphalt through upcycling end-of-life rubber tires that can outperform conventional asphalt in terms of long-term durability, reduced cost, and less environmental impact.


Every kilometer per lane paved with rubberized asphalt can result in an overall emission reduction of 300 Tons of CO2eq and 100 tons of CO2eq. This not only benefits the environment but also results in significant savings, amounting to $47,186 and $15,852 per kilometer per lane, respectively. 


The project was initiated in response to the UAE’s Surface Transport Master Plan 2030, which aims to create conditions for sustainable road infrastructure development, by using resources responsibly, minimizing pollution and preserving Abu Dhabi’s unique environment. 

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But our exploration does not stop there. At the Asphalt Materials Laboratory, Khalifa University is actively exploring alternative approaches, such as the integration of waste plastics and the utilization of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP). In fact, a new study is just initiated to produce bio-bitumen upcycled from food waste. 


By leveraging a major waste stream in Abu Dhabi, Khalifa University is helping to prevent tires from piling up in landfills, while creating a high-value technology for more sustainable, economically viable roads in the UAE.