'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.