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Lead stabilisers substitution: yes we can

Published on: 2016-01-18

Description: Lead stabilisers substitution: yes we can…and we achieved it already in the EU!
Boost the image of the PVC industry's engagement towards a sustainable use of additives as part of the VinylPlus programme

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Project Description & Objectives

To boost the image of the PVC industry’s engagement towards a sustainable use of additives as part of the VinylPlus programme by: 

  • Promoting the achievements of the PVC stabilisers industry in replacing lead-based stabilisers in EU-28 by the end of 2015; 
  • Adding credibility to the VinylPlus engagement by having external auditors to verify that this engagement was effectively achieved; 
  • Showing the example that reformulation towards more sustainable PVC is possible and feasible.


Milestones / Deliverables
In 2016

  • external audit at ESPA members who produce(d) lead-based stabilisers to confirm that they no longer place on the EU market lead-based stabilisers since January 2016 
    • VinylPlus selection team decided the ESPA AUP (“external audit”) would not be accepted as part of this project, only the communication part (leaflet). 
  • promotion at PVC Formulation 2016 in Köln, Germany 
    • ESPA was represented by Dr Ettore Nanni
  • promotion at Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2016 in Vienna, Austria 
    • ESPA had a stand, with the animation and distribution of leaflets
  • promotion at the Plastic Pipes XVIII Berlin, Germany
    • ESPA abstract paper was not accepted 
  • promotion at the K 2016 - Düsseldorf, Germany 
    • ESPA members participating at K 2016 will promote the ESPA animation and leaflet


Next steps / actions
The leaflet was shared electronically with

  • ESPA members
  • PVC Network
  • Other PVC associations participating at the VSF 2016 (Asia, USA)

The printed leaflet was / will be distributed to

  • ESPA members
  • PVC Network members: Eastern Europe PVC
  • Other PVC associations participating at the VSF 2016 (Asia, USA)
  • Cefic Sustainability, Corporate communications, reception
  • PVC 2017

Key Learnings & Hard Points

  • Difficult to have people engaged and enthusiastic to talk about this accomplishment
  • People are worried that the message of “Pb replacement” could be used against the target of recycling of PVC

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