2022 marks the end of the voluntary period for the removal of asbestos in the European Union and by 2028 its total removal must have become effective. All the town councils of Spain will be forced to prepare a census of locations with asbestos, including a calendar that plans the removal of this carcinogenic material. In 2033 the European Union will be declared an Asbestos Free Area
COTESA's AGEO (Análisis Geoespacial y Observación de la Tierra – Geospatial Analysis and Earth Observation) department has generated an algorithm for detecting asbestos roofs using very high spatial resolution (VHR) satellite images. This solution allows asbestos to be inventoried so that organizations can control and plan its removal and reduce its impact on human health.
City of Madrid. COTESA has inventoried all asbestos roofs for the Madrid City Council using satellite images.
Thanks to this project, technicians and municipal managers can make decisions related to the removal of asbestos in a city.
Aurelio García, Head of AGEO
Aurelio García Rochera
Director of the AGEO Area (Geospatial Analysis and Earth Observation)