VinylPlus®

VinylPlus is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry. The VinylPlus programme was developed through open dialogue with stakeholders, including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. Five key challenges have been identified for PVC on the basis of The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society.

The regional scope of the programme is the EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland.

Through the VinylPlus initiative, the European PVC industry is creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain.

It aims to:

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Recycle 800,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2020 (and 1 million tonnes by 2030 per its voluntary pledge on 10 September 2018)

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Promote a sustainable use of additives


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Improve PVC products sustainability and their contribution to sustainable development

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Reduce progressively GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions as well as energy and resource consumption along the entire production chain

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Move towards a low-carbon circular economy

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Build sustainability awareness along the value chain and among stakeholders

VinylPlus founding members are:

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European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers – ECVM

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European Plastics Converters – EuPC

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European Stabiliser Producers Association – ESPA

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European Plasticisers (formerly ECPI)

VinylPlus’ five key sustainability challenges

The European PVC industry has embraced its social responsibility and has been working hard since the late 90s to ensure that the challenge of sustainable development is taken seriously. In the past decade, the industry has made great progress in waste management, innovative recycling technologies, stakeholder engagement and responsible use of additives.

VinylPlus works towards the sustainable use of PVC through five key sustainability challenges based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society. Our progress towards these five challenges can be found here.

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CHALLENGE ONE: CONTROLLED-LOOP MANAGEMENT OF PVC

We will work towards the more efficient use and control of PVC throughout its life cycle.
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CHALLENGE TWO: ORGANOCHLORINE EMISSIONS

We will help to ensure that persistent organic compounds do not accumulate in nature and that other emissions are reduced.
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CHALLENGE THREE: SUSTAINABLE USE OF ADDITIVES

We will review the use of PVC additives and move towards more sustainable additives systems.
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CHALLENGE FOUR: SUSTAINABLE ENERGY & CLIMATE STABILITY

We will help minimise climate impacts through reducing energy and raw material use, potentially endeavouring to switch to renewable sources and promoting sustainable innovation.
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CHALLENGE FIVE: SUSTAINABILITY AWARENESS

We will continue to build sustainability awareness across the value chain – including stakeholders inside and outside the industry – to accelerate progress towards resolving our sustainability challenges.