In 2013, almost a million tonnes of asbestos was exported by a tiny number of asbestos mining countries.
Just two countries – Russia and Kazakhstan – were responsible for 80% of global asbestos export.
Russia on its own was responsible for close to two thirds of total global asbestos export.
What this means is that the attack on the Rotterdam Convention to prevent chrysotile asbestos being listed as a hazardous substance is really all about Russia and Kazakhstan. They are sabotaging the Convention because they want to continue practicing irresponsible trade and to export chrysotile asbestos with no safety warnings required.
Protecting profits, not people’s lives, is their mission.
Brazil, which exported 125,832 tonnes of asbestos in 2013, has not to date ever opposed the listing of chrysotile asbestos as a hazardous substance.