ASEA releases updated stocks and flows model for asbestos
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) has released updated asbestos stocks and flows information for Australia — this updated model estimates from 2015, and reflects new information from literature and industry experts. The model estimates the amount of legacy asbestos remaining in the built environment (stocks) and the quantity of asbestos-containing materials (ACM) reaching the end of its productive life and is now becoming waste or is in disuse (flows).
The updated estimates show that in 2021, around 6.4 million tonnes of legacy asbestos remains in the built environment in Australia. This includes 3.4 million tonnes of asbestos cement pipes, 1.7 million tonnes of asbestos cement sheeting (domestic) and one million tonnes of asbestos cement sheeting (commercial). Together, asbestos cement pipes and commercial and domestic sheeting make up approximately 95% of the remaining legacy asbestos in the built environment in Australia.
This project was undertaken in partnership with Blue Environment. Further information can be found in the updated asbestos stocks and flows estimates infographic and the 2015 Australian stocks and flows model.
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