Resources Mapping for Highways England

Partners: AECOM, International Synergies and Highways England


International Synergies working with AECOM identified significant material efficiency savings and project cost reductions for the Highways Agency as part of a pilot scheme which applied industrial symbiosis methodology for the planning and execution stages of construction related projects.

Having set itself an ambitious target to reduce costs by 20 % to meet UK Government spending obligations, the Highways Agency commissioned International Synergies and AECOM to carry out a review of some of its operations to identify opportunities to recover and reuse resources and other materials from a number of its projects.

The project looked specifically at planned schemes in the East Midlands’ region mapping out required resources and material flows, inputting timescales for generation and location of surplus materials and wastes and cross referencing with development schedules.


The study highlighted opportunities for the Highways Agency to save between one and three percent of its capital costs on planned schemes.  The report also identified additional actions to help The Highways Agency improve material efficiencies.  These included recognising potential threats to supply certain critical materials and communicating with its supply chain to enhance supplies. Implementing all of the recommendations would enable the Agency to realise £8 million in cost savings and reduce its carbon emissions by 1000 tonnes.

Highways England Team Leader, Paul Whitehead, presented the organisation’s plan for Propagating Industrial Symbiosis through Supply Chains at a two day event held in Birmingham in October 2015 as part of the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency.