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European Asbestos Removal Congres

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  1. European Asbestos Removal Congres November 22-23, 2007 Gallery Hotel, Barcelona sponsored by IDES Ibérica de Desamiantados

  2. Outline • Brief introduction • Goals • EARA • Situation in The Netherlands • Shipbreaking WWW.EARA.NL

  3. Brief introduction • This conference > great initiative • On behalf of European Asbestos Removal Association (EARA, WWW.EARA.NL) • Little background Arnout Drop WWW.EARA.NL

  4. Goals • Help raising awareness of dangers of asbestos • Promoting EARA as a platform for asbestos removal industry in EU • Focus attention on shipbreaking as a market opportunity WWW.EARA.NL

  5. EARA • Establishment EARA in 1990 in UK • Started as an association of associations (one vote per country) • Limited possibilities > conferences • Code of Practice, based on EU-legislation • Future plans > multiple votes per country, company membership and / or project-organisation (retributions) • Market development and lobbying on EU-legislation WWW.EARA.NL

  6. NL • Mandatory certification of asbestos removal contractors since 1993, incl. investigation bureaus, laboratories and personel (implementing EU-directive 83/477/EEC) • Risk based legislation since 2007, implementation of latest EU-legislation (2003/18/EG) > differentiation • Difficulties with liability insurance • Special funds for ‘cases from the past’ WWW.EARA.NL

  7. Developments • Enlargement EU, ‘average’ downwards? Difficult decision-making? Subsidiarity? Differences in scope and pace • Internal market and competition > mutual recognition of each other’s systems • Lisbon-goals (global competition as EU, improving work-force / employability, dealing with obsolescence (aging and declining population), immigration, innovation, environment) • Corporate Social Responsibilty (CSR) > public opinion, part of a chain, shareholders, liability, sustainable buying, banks and insurers WWW.EARA.NL

  8. Shipbreaking • What is the issue? • What are the possibilities? • What strategy could be developed? • Conclusions WWW.EARA.NL

  9. Activities • Stakeholders consultation by EU • Enforcement of EU-legislation on waste-treatment (no exportation outside EU) • Cooperation with NGO Platform on Shipbreaking, Public Hearing • Setting up network: ship-owners, docks, port-authorities, (national) governments, IMO

  10. Quotes • “From the ships scrapped between 2006 and 2015 an estimated 5.5 million tonnes of materials of potential environmental concern will end up in dismantling yards (in particular oil sludge, oils, paints, PVC and asbestos” • “Ship-breaking is a dangerous activity. According to a recent Indian report, already one in six of the workers at Alang, India's largest dismantling site, is suffering from asbestosis.” WWW.EARA.NL

  11. Thank you! • Have a good conference, good business • And … join EARA !!! WWW.EARA.NL