Energy Efficiency

PVC resin producers are committed to reducing their energy consumption for the production of EDC, VCM and PVC, targeting a 20% reduction by 2020.

In 2012, the Energy Efficiency Task Force agreed with the ECVM Production Committee to adopt as a baseline the data collected by IFEU for the 2009 energy benchmarking (for energy consumption in 2007-2008). In 2014, IFEU collected ECVM members’ energy consumption data for 2012-2013 on behalf of VinylPlus.

The intermediate results of this first verification showed that the energy needed to produce a tonne of PVC had decreased by an average of 10.2%. This improvement came from a combination of factors, such as improvements in eco-efficiency, operations and equipment. On this basis, the Energy Efficiency Task Force confirmed the target for PVC resin producers by 2020 as part of the VinylPlus mid-term review.

Converters, too, are striving to increase their energy efficiency. However, due to the complexity and variety of operations in the converting sectors, an overall target would be meaningless, as would targets for subsectors. It was therefore decided to take a step-by-step approach.

Tests to evaluate the energy consumption of some converter companies were conducted in 2014 and 2015. Due to significant differences in the converters’ plants and production processes, in several cases separate data could not be collected for PVC and other products. A first analysis and evaluation of the available data is foreseen in 2016.