Vinyl Sustainabilty Forum 2015

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The European Vinyl Industries launched the third edition of their eagerly awaited Vinyl Sustainability Forum, with the theme “More Vinyl, Less Carbon”, on the 30th of April at the Majestic Barriere Hotel in Cannes, France.

Attendees had an intense one-day event with presentations and one-on-one discussions between stakeholders from academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, retailers and all sectors of the PVC industry. The event was moderated once again by Paul Hohnen, an international expert on sustainable development and former strategy director of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

There were a number of keynote speeches: The UN explained their sustainability agenda for 2015 including the sustainable development goals (2015-2030) and the Paris Climate Summit (COP21) in December in Paris. A representative from ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie) outlined plans for the Climate Summit in Paris in December (COP21); The European Commission – DG Growth, elaborated upon the approach to issues of innovation, waste and the Circular Economy, being taken by the new Commission and implications for EU climate policy. VinylPlus offered a progress report on developments and achievements and how we shape next year’s programme. With respect to climate, VinylPlus showed energy improvements in Vinyl manufacturing and how increased recycling contributed to resource and energy savings.

Several interactive discussions on “Protecting the Climate”, “Contribution of PVC Products” and "Reducing the Footprint, increasing the Handprint" were held in which key stakeholders from industry, retailers, recyclers and NGOs debated, deliberated, shared and collectively helped shape policies throughout the day.

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