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-27 plus UK, Norway and Switzerland.
Through the VinylPlus initiative, the European PVC industry is creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain.
VinylPlus aims to:
Recycle 800,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2020 (and 1 million tonnes by 2030 per its voluntary pledge on 10 September 2018)
Promote a sustainable use of additives
Improve PVC products sustainability and their contribution to sustainable development
Reduce progressively GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions as well as energy and resource consumption along the entire production chain
Move towards a low-carbon circular economy
Build sustainability awareness along the value chain and among stakeholders
VinylPlus founding members are:
European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM)
representing six leading European producers of PVC resin, which account for around 75% of EU-28 PVC resin production. These businesses operate around 40 different plants spread over 23 sites and employ approximately 7,000 people.pvc.org
European Plastics Converters (EuPC)
an association representing more than 50,000 companies in Europe, which produce over 50 million tonnes of plastic products every year both from virgin and recycled polymers. They employ more than 1.6 million people, generating turnover in excess of €260 billion per year.plasticsconverters.eu
formerly ECPI, representing the eight major European producers of plasticisers, which produce around 90% of the plasticisers manufactured in Europe. They employ approximately 1,200 people in plasticiser production.europeanplasticisers.eu
The European Stabiliser Producers Association (ESPA)
representing 10 companies that produce more than 95% of the stabilisers sold in Europe. They provide direct employment to more than 2,000 people in the EU.stabilisers.org
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.