VinylPlus is the new ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry. It is built on the achievements of the Vinyl 2010 programme and takes the next important steps in tackling the sustainability challenges for PVC. The regional scope of the programme is the EU-27 plus Norway and Switzerland.
TEPPFA supports the VinylPlus programme via EuPC (European Plastic Converters) as a founding member. Further VinylPlus founding members are ECVM (European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers), ESPA (European Stabiliser Producers Association) and the European Plasticisers (formerly ECPI).
The VinylPlus programme has been developed bottom up in industry workshops and with an open process of stakeholder dialogue. 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.
The VinylPlus programme aims to:
Recycle 800,000 tonnes/ year of PVC by 2020
Promote a sustainable use of additives
Target zero-accident rate with VCM release during transportation in the next ten years
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
For further information: www.vinylplus.eu