About PVC

First produced commercially in the late 1920s, polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, has become one of the most widely used polymers in the world. Due to its versatility, PVC is used across a broad range of industrial, technical and everyday applications from window profiles and pipes to credit cards and blood bags.

PVC has always been regarded as a resource-efficient material. Made from salt (57%) and oil (43%), it’s far less oil dependent than other major thermoplastics. It’s also highly durable and energy-efficient across a range of applications which makes for an effective use of raw materials and avoids unnecessary depletion of natural resources.

Viewed across its life cycle, PVC is highly competitive in terms of its environmental impact. Several recent eco-efficiency and Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) studies on the most common applications show that, in terms of energy requirements and GWP (Global Warming Potential), PVC is at least equal to alternative products. In many cases, it shows advantages both in terms of total energy consumption and lower CO2 emissions.

A unique advantage of PVC compared to other materials is the possibility of changing the formulation, to improve the safety and eco-efficiency of the final product, while maintaining the same level of technical performance.

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PVC Challenges

The European PVC industry has embraced its social responsibility and has been working hard since the late 90s to ensure that the challenge of sustainable development is taken seriously. In the past decade, the industry has made great progress in waste management, innovative recycling technologies, stakeholder engagement and responsible use of additives.

VinylPlus’ scope introduces new areas of work such as energy and resource efficiency, climate changed and sustainability awareness, and covering all PVC waste streams. It tackles all the sustainability challenges for PVC, to establish a long-term development framework for the entire value chain and to enable PVC to take its place in, and contribute to, a more sustainable society.

Five key challenges have been identified in an open process of extensive stakeholder dialogue and based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society.