Reporting on 2016 activities

  • Recycling

    In 2016, PVC waste recycling within the VinylPlus framework reached 568,696 tonnes (+10.4% over the previous year), with a significant increase in volumes in Austria, Germany, Italy, Poland, The Netherlands and the UK.

    Recovinyl was the main contributor, with a registered volume of 560,492 tonnes of recycled PVC waste.

    PVC Recycled 2016

    Using recycled PVC helps meet resource-efficiency targets and allows the preservation of natural resources. It has been calculated that CO2 savings of up to 92% are achieved when PVC is recycled: recycled PVC’s primary Energy Targetsenergy demand is typically between 45% to 90% lower than virgin PVC production (depending on type of PVC and the recycling process). 

    Furthermore, according to a conservative estimation, for each kg of PVC recycled, 2 kg of CO2 are saved. On this basis, CO2 savings from PVC recycling in Europe is now at more than 1.1 million tonnes of CO2 saved per year.

    co2 savings

    According to a study by TAUW, an independent European consulting and engineering company, on average one employee is needed to recycle 500 tonnes/year of PVC. Hence the 568,696 tonnes of PVC recycled in 2016 contributed to the creation of more than 1,100 direct jobs in recycling plants. Jobs

    Regulatory constraints related to the presence of legacy additives are still considered the major threat to recycling post-consumer waste. There is evidence that both Pb (lead) and DEHP, present as legacy additives in recyclates, continue to impact recycling markets. However, the VinylPlus Controlled-Loop Committee (CLC) recommended maintaining the target of recycling 800,000 tonnes per year by 2020 and continuing to strive for additional volumes via the Recovinyl scheme.

    While confirming the overall recycling target for 2020, the detailed analysis carried out by the CLC as part of the mid-term review showed that the objective of developing and exploiting innovative technology to recycle 100,000 tonnes per year of difficult-to-recycle PVC material by 2020 can no longer be considered realistic. None of the explored technologies or projects – some of which are promising but still at an experimental stage – is expected to be able to contribute sufficient recycling quantities by 2020 to achieve this objective. The target was consequently withdrawn. Nevertheless, VinylPlus will continue to pursue efforts to find technically and economically viable solutions for difficult-to-recycle PVC.

  • Recovinyl

    Recovinyl’s mission is to facilitate PVC waste collection and recycling, and encourage the use of recycled PVC, by acting as a mediator between recyclers and converters. Recovinyl also registers and certifies volumes of PVC recycled, based on the EUCertPlast protocol.

    With a registered volume of 560,492 tonnes of recycled PVC waste, Recovinyl was the main contributor to VinylPlus’ recycling target

    The recycling market remained quite stable throughout the year, with some increase in cable recycling and in demand for PVC waste for flooring. Recyclers and converters continue to express concern over uncertainties in the implementation of relevant EU regulations such as REACH, CLP and Waste.

    Recovinyl tonnage

    Recovinyl registered volumes per country

    Recovinyl historical data

  • Sector Projects

    PVC WindowsThe development and consolidation of collection and recycling schemes for window profiles continued in 2016, with a further increase (+10.2%) in recycled volumes compared to the previous year. In total 256,607 tonnes of PVC window profiles and related products were recycled within the VinylPlus framework.

    EPPA’s main activities in 2016 included the launch of the ‘Hybrid Project’, aimed at developing and monitoring the best available recycling technologies for PVC window profiles made of hybrid materials; the development of a voluntary standard for the controlled-loop recycling of PVC window profiles; and the assessment of working conditions where PVC recyclates are present.

    The 2016 annual report by VITO stated that TEPPFA members used about 62,000 tonnes of PVC recyclates in 2015, a fall of almost 30% from 2014. This first clear decline since 2011 was mainly due to worries and uncertainties over the EU regulatory framework on the use of recycled PVC. Indeed, the negative impact of EU 

    Pipe laying

    legislations – such as REACH, CLP, Waste Framework Directive Annex III, and End-of-Waste Criteria – on recycling of uPVC long-life products containing legacy substances remains a major concerns for TEPPFA members.

    In the Netherlands, BIS – the BureauLeiding’s long established pipes collection/recycling system – created trust and resulted in regular positive meetings with Dutch Ministries to find suitable solutions for the legacy additives issues, and to promote uPVC recycling. In France, the STR-PVC’s pilot project for the collecting of pipe waste from building merchants depots re- started in 2016. In Poland, a new uPVC collection/recycling system was set up, involving a Dutch recycler.

    Advocacy and communications activities continued in 2016 to promote Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF), as well as the use of recyclates in long-life, quality products. Furthermore, in September 2016, TEPPFA co-hosted the world Plastic Pipes XVIII Conference in Berlin, Germany, which was attended by more than 500 delegates.

    Protan ESWA recycled 5,082 tonnes of roofing and waterproofing membranes in 2016 through its project Roofcollect®, a 56.4% increase from 2015.

    As announced in last year’s Progress Report, EPFLOOR was dissolved at the end of 2015, but the flooring industry remained committed to recycling and to the Voluntary Commitment. ERFMI took over EPFLOOR’s rights and obligations for 2016. A new initiative will be established in 2017. 

    In 2016, ERFMI collected 4,207 tonnes of flooring waste, a 2.6% increase on 2015, and produced 3,811 tonnes of R-PVC.
    PVC flooring collection

    Flooring waste collection

    The Fraunhofer IVV Institute CREASOLV project to investigate a solvent-based recycling process for difficult-to-recycle PVC waste, including flooring, ended in 2016. These pilot-scale experiments showed a reduction of legacy phthalates. Confirmation of technical feasibility would still be required, by testing the resulting material in actual flooring production.

    To test energy and material recovery from PVC waste, 100 tonnes of shredded post-consumer PVC flooring were supplied by AgPR to Oreade-Suez in France, an energy recovery company that uses the SOLVAir® treatment system for the control of air emissions. The recovered NaCl (salt) is purified by Resolest and used in a Solvay plant to produce soda ash, thus replacing virgin NaCl. Further trials will be undertaken in 2017.

    Pool Tiles made from recycled PVC

    In 2016, the Association for the Recycling of PVC Floor-Coverings (AgPR) celebrated its 25th anniversary.

    In the framework of the Turquoise project, I.déel was set up as a company to commercialise Novafloor products. Novafloor’s formwork sheets – made of 100% recycled PVC and marble powder, and recyclable – will be used in new Paris subway stations. 

    In 2016, ERPA and IVK Europe carried out a strategic review of their recycling schemes with the objective of 
    Blister packaging
    creating a structure to act as a link between the different participants in the product value chain: converters (IVK/ERPA members), recyclers and customers of IVK/ERPA members. The new structure, which includes a project manager dedicated to the recycling of PVC films and coated fabrics, is expected to facilitate closer 
    cooperation among converters, recyclers and customers, as well as to improve post-consumer recycling. In total, 24,061 tonnes of rigid PVC films (including PVC packaging, PVC-aluminium pharmaceutical blister and PVC-PE composite films) were recycled in 2016 within the VinylPlus framework, as were 8,187 tonnes of post-consumer PVC coated fabrics.
  • Other Recycling Projects

    The Ebene project on end-of-life professional furniture was initiated in France in 2014 by SFEC. In 2016, the Horschuch for Ebeneproject focused on enhancing recycling.

    Since 2015, VinylPlus has supported the recycling consortium Resysta®, which produces a wood-like material based on rice husk and PVC, homogeneously connected in the polymer matrix, and recyclable after use. The consortium includes a number of VinylPlus partner companies across several industry sectors.

    RecoMed is a partnership project between the British Plastics Federation (BPF) and Axion Consulting (the UK agent of Recovinyl), launched in the UK in 2014. It aims to collect and recycle non-Resystacontaminated PVC medical products, such as IV solution bags, oxygen masks, oxygen tubing and anaesthetic masks. RecoMed currently involves nine hospitals, with another three in the process of joining, and it is extending its scheme to veterinary clinics and university training facilities.

    In 2016, it collected 1,394 kg of PVC waste, including in excess of 60,000 oxygen masks and tube sets. RecoMed is the winner of the Sustainability INOVYN Awards 2016. Recomed

    In Denmark, the WUPPI scheme focuses on the collection and recycling of rigid PVC. Set up in 2003, WUPPI now operates in more than 80% of the country's municipalities. WUPPI currently works with a Dutch recycler, due to the fact that Danish legislation forbids the use of recyclates containing legacy substances.

    In Italy, WREP, a joint technical project led by PVC Forum Italia aimed to define the amount of PVC available for recycling in Italy; evaluate the quantities currently recycled; and devise a pilot collection scheme to improve the collection and recycling of PVC waste. The project involved DAE srl, the Italian agent of Recovinyl, and Plastic Consult. The analysis showed that less than half of the PVC potentially available for recycling is currently being WUPPIrecycled. This is mainly because collection points are scattered around the territory and the majority of recyclers are micro and small enterprises, which are affected more by the complex regulatory framework. Several meetings were organised with the competent authorities, and discussions are ongoing to set up a pilot project to collect and sort end-of-life PVC products in the Venice area.

    VinyLoop® is a physical, solvent-based technology that can recycle difficult-to-treat, end-of-life PVC waste and produces high-quality R-PVC (recycled PVC) compounds. The VinyLoop® technology is available for licensing worldwide.

    In 2016, the VinyLoop Ferrara plant produced 3,777 tonnes of R-PVC, a decline of 16.2% from 2015. VinyLoop® has been granted REACH authorisation to sell R-PVC containing DEHP. Nevertheless, the air-monitoring and bio-monitoring controls ECHA requested of downstream users cause unease in the market, reducing demand for VinyLoop® R-PVC.

    An Eco-Footprint Study (reviewed by the independent testing organisation DEKRA Industrial GmbH, which confirmed its compliance with the ISO standards 14040-44 for Life Cycle Assessment) compared the environmental impact of one kilogram of VinyLoop® R-PVC with one kilogram of PVC compound produced via a conventional route.


    The results showed that the Primary Energy Demand (PED) of the VinyLoop® R-PVC is 47% lower; the Global Warming Potential (GWP 100a) is reduced by 40% and the Water Consumption by 76%. For further information or to download VinyLoop® White Paper, visit www.vinyloop.com.

  • Legacy Additives

    Legacy additives are substances that are no longer used in new PVC products but that can be present in recycled PVC. Since the use of legacy additives may be restricted by legislation, VinylPlus is committed to addressing the issue in cooperation with regulatory authorities.

    In the past few years, VinylPlus has contributed to discussions on legacy additives by supporting research and a considerable number of studies. All the studies conducted so far confirm that recycling PVC waste containing legacy additives can be considered a viable option, since health and environmental exposures are well within the acceptable levels.

    In 2016, VinylPlus commissioned two further studies to FABES to consolidate the results of its previous study, which evaluated migration models for cadmium, lead, tin and zinc in both rigid and flexible PVC – and for DEHP in just flexible PVC. The first study – aimed at determining the diffusion and partition coefficients of lead, cadmium, zinc and DEHP from recycled PVC in water, saliva and sweat – confirmed that migration rates from both rigid and flexible PVC are very low. The second study investigated the migration behaviour of chemicals from PVC flooring, focusing on DEHP. The study was concluded in December 2016. However, since DEHP solubility in water is extremely low and it tends to form colloid solutions, the study concluded that additional data might be needed to fully understand the migration behaviour.

    Arche Consulting was commissioned by VinylPlus to carry out two risk assessments of lead migration, one for PVC waste during storage and the other for recycled PVC during use. Both studies demonstrated that the risks to human health and the environment are controlled.

    A further study was carried out in 2016 by CATS Consultants GmbH: ‘Health Risk of Occupational Lead (Pb) Exposure in Conventional PVC Recycling and Converting Operations’. The study showed that in general lead levels in blood were within the normal range for not exposed population. However, a few (5%) occupationally exposed individuals had values at a level where subclinical and reversible neurotoxicity may start to occur. It was not possible to make a direct link between current occupational exposure and these blood levels, as some of these 5% of individuals had either previously been exposed to lead at the workplace, or lived in old houses.
    RDC Environment (www.rdcenvironment.be) and BIPRO (www.bipro.de) are currently carrying out a study of the socio-economic impact of hazardous classification of post-consumer PVC waste. The study began in July 2016, and conclusions are expected in June 2017.

    Cadmium Restriction
    EU Commission Regulation 494/2011 set a limit for polymers of 100 ppm of cadmium originating from recyclate, with a derogation of up to 1,000 ppm allowed in specified rigid PVC construction products. These limits are to be reviewed by 31 December 2017. In 2016, the EU Commission asked ECHA to carry out a review of the cadmium restrictions by September 2017. As part of this review, ECHA contracted VITO, which had already in 2009 developed an impact assessment of various possible options to reconcile the recycling of PVC waste still containing legacy cadmium with the restrictions of Annex XVII of REACH. To contribute to the review, the PVC industry is modelling the amount of waste that could arise up to 2050, as well as its cadmium content.

Organochlorine Emissions - Safe Transport

  • Organochlorine Emissions - Safe Transport

    There were no transport accidents in Europe with VCM release in 2016.

    In September 2015, the ECVM Production Committee endorsed the memorandum ‘Risk assessment of VCM transportation’ by the Task Force on transport, which states in its conclusions:
    “The risk of transporting VCM is essentially related to the hazard represented by bulk transport of flammable gas; the health hazard of VCM has no impact on the risk classification of such operations.
    A qualitative risk analysis can be performed, and on the basis of the current scarce data would probably put VCM transportation in the second most acute risk category. Belonging to such a category requires careful monitoring and control to ensure the risk remains as low as reasonably practicable.
    A quantitative risk analysis would only make sense in some very specific cases to be appreciated at individual company level. It would be extremely difficult, and meaningless, to attempt such an analysis for the totality of VCM transportation in Europe.
    Certification schemes exist, and are usually required, for all kinds of chemical transport. The risk analyses and mitigation procedures of loading and unloading are included in the plants’ analyses and procedures and are thereby maintained up to date.”

  • Lead Replacement

    Pb (Lead) Replacement




    By the end of 2015, ESPA members had completed the replacement of lead-based stabilisers for PVC applications in the EU-28. This achievement was verified in 2016 by an external audit company.

    The market switch had already been confirmed at the beginning of 2016, as a public consultation called by ECHA registered very few requests to continue utilising lead-based stabilisers.

    Plasticisers consumption


  • Plasticisers

    European Plasticisers (former ECPI) estimates confirm a positive trend in Europe for High Molecular Weight (HMW) Ortho-phthalates, cyclohexanoates, terephthalates and other plasticisers, accompanied by a progressive 
    decline in the use of Low Molecular Weight (LMW) Ortho-phthalates. 

    Shifting to HMW Phthalates and other plasticisers







    This trend was corroborated by a review study of phthalates exposure in Europe conducted by Holger M. Koch and published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health in November 2016. The study showed a significant drop in exposure to key LMW phthalates in Germany from 1988 to 2015, while exposure to HMW phthalates stayed relatively steady despite increasing consumption.

    Studies and Research
    An epidemiology study, commissioned by European Plasticisers and carried out by Maastricht University, was published in Annals of Epidemiology in August 2016. The study examined the reliability of scientific papers that report an association between phthalate exposure and health effects such as obesity, asthma and reduced fertility.

    Two scientific papers by Dr Dekant and Prof. Bridges were published in Autumn 2016 in Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology. The first independent study developed a Quantitative Weight of Evidence (QWoE) methodology for the assessment of reproductive and developmental toxicity and its application for the classification and labelling of chemicals. The second paper, commissioned by European Plasticisers, applied the QWoE in a case study to assess the classification and labelling of DINP, DCHP and DnHP. Key conclusions showed that, based on existing data, DINP does not warrant any classification.

    REACH Authorisation
    ECHA's Committees for Risk Assessment (RAC) and Socio-economic Analysis (SEAC) expressed their support in September 2014 for authorising companies that had applied for Authorisation to continue to use DEHP in both virgin and recycled PVC and DBP in specific applications.

    The European Commission in April 2016 definitively granted Authorisation for the use of DEHP in recycled soft PVC. Authorisation for the use of new DEHP in products is still pending.

    Regulatory Updates
    The evaluation and Risk Management Option Analysis (RMOA) conducted by the French authorities on DINCH and DOTP concluded that no danger or risk is identified under REACH; therefore, no additional risk management measures are needed.

    The Public Activities Coordination Tool (PACT) lists the substances for which a risk management option analysis (RMOA) is under development. The evaluation of ATBC conducted by ANSES under the PACT RMOA concluded that there is “low priority for further work”.

    The evaluation of DINCH, DEHTP, ATBC and TXIB in toys and childcare articles also conducted by ANSES showed no risk for the use of these substances.

    In 2014, the European Commission and Member States endorsed a four-year re-evaluation showing no risk for DINP and DIDP in consumer applications excluding toys and childcare articles that can be put in the mouth, which are restricted. In spite of this, the Danish EPA submitted a dossier to ECHA in 2016, proposing that DINP be classified as a reproductive agent under the CLP Regulation. The Danish dossier is still pending.

    A proposal to restrict DEHP, BBP, DBP and DiBP was submitted to ECHA in April 2016. RAC’s and SEAC’s opinions are expected in 2017.
  • 'Sustainable use of additives'

    Criteria for the ‘Sustainable Use of Additives’ 

    A methodology named ASF (Additives Sustainability Footprint) is being worked out by the VinylPlus Additives Task Force together with TNS, to develop a systematic framework to evaluate the use of substances utilised as additives in PVC products from the perspective of sustainable development. It is an evolution from the previous EPDplus and takes into account the current standard Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and the EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) scheme together with the TNS criteria for sustainability. The work started with PVC window profiles in 2016, and will continue with flexible applications in 2017.

    Additive producers continued in 2016 to provide converter associations with the most recent data to help them update their Life Cycle Assessments (LCAs) and EPDs. ESPA completed LCAs for two of its main family of calcium-based stabilisers, and is working on LCAs for liquid mixed-metals stabilisers.

Sustainable Use of Energy and Raw Materials

  • 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, it must be noted that raw materials production represents more than 80% of the energy demand in the life cycle of a PVC product. Therefore, from a life-cycle perspective, savings at the converting levels cannot have a substantial impact on the overall energy use. The complexity and variety of operations in the converting sectors mean that an overall target would be meaningless, as would targets for many of the subsectors. So PVC converters are committed to reporting annually their gains in energy efficiency.

    Evaluation of available data to assess PVC converters’ energy consumption continued in 2016. The analysis conducted so far for each EuPC sector group shows that EPPA and TEPPFA can follow an approach based on the EPD data, and that for ESWA and ERFMI this exercise was ‘too complex’ for the specificity of their production processes. The assessment was still ongoing for IVK and ERPA, while investigations for EATS and EDEFA would start in 2017.

    EPPA Industrial Energy Saving 2007-2013
    The energy consumption of the ‘top three’ PVC window profile extrusion companies, measured over the period 2007-2013, resulted in a 23% saving for the energy consumption per tonne of PVC product (profile and dry blend). Around 145.6 MJ of electrical energy are now provided from renewable sources.

    The peer group, which included 11 PVC window profile extrusion companies, reduced its specific energy consumption per tonne by 9% from 2009 to 2013.

    TEPPFA
    TEPPFA’s members are committed to reducing their energy consumption by 5% from 2010 levels by the end of 2020. No significant change could be identified since the last EPD studies (2009 data), mainly due to the insufficient accuracy of the available data, even though enhanced efficiency solutions have already been implemented in production plants: new LED lighting in factories, AC motors instead of DC for extruders and more efficient cooling systems.

    The next EPD update will provide more reliable data to compare the average consumption estimate of 530 kWh per tonne of product reported in the current EPD (issued in Q2 2016, based on 2013 data).

  • Sustainable footprint

    In 2012, VinylPlus established an ad hoc Task Force to assess the available methods to measure environmental and sustainability footprints and to recommend suitable footprint measurements. As reported in previous years, Task Force identified the EU Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) approach currently under development as a promising start. VinylPlus will continue to monitor developments in the EU PEF and will consider potential VinylPlus Sustainability Footprint metrics after the EU PEF pilot phase has been completed.

  • Renewable Raw Materials

    Established in December 2011, the Renewable Materials Task Force has been investigating renewable alternative resources for the production of PVC.

    The Task Force’s analysis of alternative, renewable resources for the production of PVC – including potential scenarios for the future – has been summarised in the ‘VinylPlus Status Report on Renewables’ published in May 2015. The Status Report showed that PVC production from renewable resources is technically feasible, but not yet fully sustainable either from an economic or an environmental point of view.

    VinylPlus will continue to monitor developments in the production of PVC resin and additives from renewable raw materials, and will produce an updated Status Report by the end of 2020.

    Download the full Report on Renewable Raw Materials

  • Independent Monitoring

    The Monitoring Committee is the independent body that guarantees openness, transparency and accountability in VinylPlus' initiatives while providing advice, comments and suggestions. It met twice in 2016, in April and in December.

  • Annual Reporting

    As part of the Voluntary Commitment, progress, developments and achievements are published annually in a Progress Report. The Progress Report 2017 has been independently verified by SGS, while tonnages of PVC waste recycled and expenditure have been audited and certified by KPMG. The Natural Step made a commentary on the overall work and progress of VinylPlus. (NB: Links highlighted to be updated once SGS and KPMG verification statements pdf have been uploaded)

    The Progress Report is directly distributed to national and European institutions, including the European Commission and to interested parties. It is used in conferences and events and is available for download on this website.

  • External Stakeholder Dialogue and Communication

    VinylPlus is committed to raising awareness of sustainability at all points on the value chain, as well as among other stakeholders – whether they be inside or outside the PVC industry. VinylPlus also promotes frank and open dialogue with all stakeholders, third parties, institutions and organisations in different communities – technical, political and social.

    In April, VinylPlus contributed to the PVC Formulation 2016 conference in Cologne, Germany, with a presentation entitled, ‘EPDplus, the new comprehensive VinylPlus approach for assessing the sustainable use of PVC additives’.

    VSF16Since 2013, the annual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum organised by VinylPlus has brought together stakeholders from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, NGOs, retailers, architects, designers and all sectors of the PVC industry. At the Forum, they discuss achievements and innovations and explore the way forward to a more-sustainable low-carbon future. The 4th VinylPlus Sustainability Forum, ‘Smart Vinyl for Our Cities’, took place in Vienna, Austria, in April 2016.

    The third Partnering for VinylPlus Communication Event was held in Bonn, Germany, in June 2016 to share best practices and a common vision for VinylPlus communications. It was attended by 25 representatives of the VinylPlus Communications Committee, the PVC Network and Sector Groups linked to VinylPlus.

    In September 2016, the VinylPlus sustainability programme was presented at the ‘Transition to the Green Economy’ conference held in Bratislava, Slovakia. The conference was held to attract the attention of all relevant stakeholders and create a space for informed discussion of the key questions over the transition to a green economy.

    ‘Circular Economy in Practice’ was the theme of the VinylPlus fourth stakeholder meeting, which took place inCircular economy in practice Rome, Italy, in October 2016. The objective was to discuss the contribution of the PVC industry to the circular economy. The meeting was attended by representatives from Italy’s Presidency of the Council of Ministers; Ministries of Environment, Economic Development and Health; and National Health Institute.

    In October 2016, VinylPlus contributed to the Global Chemical Industry European Convention in Florence, Italy, with a presentation on ’15 Years of Circular Economy in Practice – The European PVC Industry in Action’.

    VinylPlus participated in the EU Conference on Plastics, held in Rotterdam, The Netherlands in December 2016. Approximately 300 participants contributed to the development of the European Strategy on Plastics.

    In 2016, VinylPlus published a new brochure on ‘Vinyl in European Stadiums’, highlighting how the use of PVC combines environmental responsibility and architectural potential. The fact sheet ‘Showing the Path for a Circular Economy’ maps out the role of VinylPlus in improving environmental protection in a sustainable and economically viable way.

    Twitter is an effective and versatile tool for VinylPlus communications with its stakeholders. This was confirmed by the number of followers of VinylPlus’ Twitter account – @VinylPlus_EU – more than doubling in 2016.

    As in previous years, in 2016 VinylPlus co-funded a range of projects with the aim of expanding the scope of its communications activities. Thirteen joint-communications projects were implemented, by five European industry sector organisations and six national PVC associations.

    Cooperation agreementCooperation Agreement of the Social Partners of the European Chemical SSDC and VinylPlus on the European PVC Industry
    In order to review and update the Social Dialogue Charter dated October 2000 and part of Vinyl 2010, VinylPlus and IndustriAll have developed a new cooperation agreement to be included in the PVC Industry Voluntary Commitment.

    This agreement was endorsed by ECEG (European Chemical Employers Group) and formally signed on 24 February 2017 between VinylPlus and the European Chemical SSDC (made of ECEG and IndustriAll) set up at the end of 2004 under the umbrella of the EU Commission Decision 98/500/EC promoting the dialogue between the social partners in the sectors at European level.

    This joint commitment on the European PVC industry defines areas and subjects of joint activities of all three parties within this intensified cooperation for the period of 2016-2020.

    These areas and subjects will be fully linked to the European Chemical Industry Sectoral Social Partners’ 2015-2020 Roadmap and will focus on the following priorities:

    • Health & Safety
    • Education / training
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Sector evolution 

    This commitment to intensify cooperation has been agreed by VinylPlus on behalf of ECVM, ESPA and European Plasticisers (former ECPI). EuPC, VinylPlus’ fourth member agreed to be involved as well. The Cooperation Agreement will be updated accordingly.

    Download the Cooperation Agreement.

    Engaging Globally
    VinylPlus actively shares experience, knowledge and best practices with the other regional PVC associations at Engaging globally a global level. VinylPlus participated in Vinyl India® 2016 in April, the 6th International PVC & Chlor-Alkali Conference in Mumbai. It also participated in the bi-annual meetings of the GVC (Global Vinyl Council), in Vienna, Austria, in April and in Melbourne, Australia, in May.

    In December 2016, VinylPlus was selected as a “Highly Commended” entry by The Circulars 2017, an initiative of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders. The Circulars is one of the world’s premier circular economy award programmes, offering DAVOSrecognition to individuals and organizations that have made notable contributions to the circular economy in the public and private sectors and in wider society.

    United Nations
    The VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment was included in the Rio+20 Registry of Commitments in 2012. VinylPlus is now registered as a ‘SMART’ partnership on the UN Partnerships for Sustainable Development Goals Platform. Since November 2013, VinylPlus has been a member of the Green Industry Platform (GIP), the global high-level, multi-stakeholder partnership led by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

    In 2016, Stephan Sicars, Director of the Environmental Branch of UNIDO, participated as keynote speaker in theStephan Sicars Vinyl Sustainability Forum.