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Asbestos waste management practices and treatment technologies

The purpose of this study is to investigate asbestos waste management practices and technologies in Europe and beyond. The ultimate aim is to ensure that the waste hierarchy (Article 4 of the Waste Framework Directive) is applied to asbestos waste properly and consistently across the EU, i.e., that efforts are put in place to reduce the landfilling of asbestos waste and promote its recycling into a non-hazardous mineral fraction.

The study team composed of RPA Europe, RPA Prague, the Danish Technological Institute and ARCADIS  held an online workshop on 15 June 2023. The aim of the workshop was to exchange knowledge and ideas about the current policies and legislative landscape, practices and treatment technologies in the field of asbestos waste management. 

Here you can download the background paper with the workshop agenda (also below), the workshop proceedings and the presentations' slides.


Introduction to the study and preliminary findings

09:00 – 09:30        Registration

09:30 – 09:35        Welcome and housekeeping rules (Marco Camboni, RPA Europe)

09:35 – 09:40        Welcome message from the Commission and introduction to the aims of the study 

                              (Enrique García John, DG Environment)

09:40 – 09:50        Research questions and study methodology (Marco Camboni, RPA Europe)

09:50 – 10:05        Quantities and sources of asbestos waste (Francesca Chiabrando, RPA Europe)

10:05 – 10:20        Asbestos waste management legislation and practices in the EU (Daniel Vencovsky, RPA Prague)

10:20 – 10:35        The current and emerging asbestos waste treatment technologies in the EU (Rūta Akelytė, RPA Europe)

10:35 – 10:50        Q&A

10:50 – 11:00        Break

Topic-specific sessions and wrap-up

11:00 – 12:30        Morning session: Management of asbestos waste in the EU: policies and practices 

                              What are the key elements of a national asbestos management strategy? What are the key challenges to be              

                              solved? Is there a need for EU action? What are the asbestos waste management best practices?


                             Moderated by Daniel Vencovsky — RPA Prague

                             Keynote speakers: 

                             Stefania Butera — Danish Technological Institute

                             Olaf Dünger — ARCADIS

12:30 – 13:30       Lunch break

13:30 – 15:00       Afternoon session: Current and emerging technologies for the treatment of asbestos waste 

                             What are the key characteristics of the most promising technologies? What are the main technical and                                                          market barriers?  What are the products that can be obtained and what are their safety profiles, potential 

                             uses and market opportunities?


                                    Moderated by Zinaida Manžuch — RPA Europe

                             Keynote speakers: 

                             Nicolas Humez — Chairman of Hazardous Waste Europe

                             Jos Hofs — Chief Financial Officer at Asbeter Holding B.V.

15:00 – 15:30       Break

15:30 – 16:00       Presentation of discussion outcomes and wrap-up

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