Our social responsibility
Our European commitment to sustainable development
VinylPlus has always been strongly committed to raising awareness of sustainability along throughout the PVC value-chain and among other interested parties, both inside and outside the industry, and is an excellent example of how effective voluntary actions by the industry can be, able to achieve concrete and measurable objectives and results recognized by many stakeholders.
Main achievements to date include:
- The set-up and implementation of new PVC collection and recycling schemes in the EU 27, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, virtually non-existent in Europe 20 years ago. To date, this has enabled approximately 8.1 million tonnes of PVC to be recycled into new products since 2000, thus preventing the release of around 16.2 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
- The voluntary replacement of hazardous substances (SVHC), such as cadmium and lead-based stabilisers in PVC formulations and the progressive replacement of low molecular weight phthalates.
- The development of the Additive Sustainability Footprint® methodology, validated by LCA experts, which enables companies to proactively assess and promote the sustainable production and use of PVC additives throughout entire product lifecycles.
- The decrease in the energy needed to produce one tonne of PVC resin averaged 9.5% between 2007-2008 and 2015-2016, with a corresponding reduction in CO2 emissions of 14.4%. For converters, across main applications such as window profiles, pipes, flooring, films and sheets, energy consumption decreased between 16% and 26.5% in 2020 compared to 2010.
- The development of the VinylPlus® Product Label, the sustainability certification for PVC products for the B&C sector, in collaboration with BRE and The Natural Step.