VinylPlus is the new ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry which builds upon the achievements of the Vinyl 2010 programme, taking the next important steps in tackling the sustainability challenges for PVC and also in establishing a long-term framework for the on-going sustainable development of the PVC value chain.
The regional scope of the programme is the EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland.
The VinylPlus programme has been developed bottom up in industry workshops and with an open process of stakeholder dialogue, including the industry, NGOs, regulators, public representatives and users of PVC. Five key sustainable development challenges have been identified for PVC together with a set of working principles. The first four challenges are technical in nature whilst the fifth challenge addresses raising awareness and understanding of the importance of sustainable development. Each of the challenges is based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society.
TEPPFA members contribution is more than 120.000 tons of PVC recycled in VinylPlus Commitment.
Download the new VinylPlus brochure here
Vinyl 2010 - Previous Voluntary Commitment
The PVC industry (PVC manufacturers, PVC additive producers and PVC converters) has united voluntarily to meet the challenge of sustainable development. The industry adopted an integrated approach to implement the concept of responsible cradle to grave management, culminating in the signature in March 2000 of a “Voluntary Commitment of the PVC industry”. Vinyl 2010 is the legal entity putting into practice the promises of the Voluntary Commitment.
With Vinyl 2010, the PVC industry commits to implement important principles and actions covering the period 2000-2010 and beyond.
It applies to:
- PVC manufacturing
- Additives - plasticizers and stabilisers
- Waste management
- Social progress and dialogue
- Management, monitoring and financial scheme
Vinyl 2010 recycled 149.000 tons of PVC waste through its projects in 2007. A marked increase compared to previous years. This performance involves PVC waste recycled across the sectors from pipes and profiles to floorings and roofing. The very long expected lifetime of PVC pipes (more than 100 years) still limits the volume of pipe waste available for recycling.
Another important development has been the replacement of lead-based stabilizers in drinking water pipes in 2007. Replacement in other applications is also progressing ahead of time.
Download VINYL 2010 Progress report 2009
Download VYNIL 2010 Executive Summary 2009
For more information, go to www.vinyl2010.org