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
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
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