Publications

  • VinylPlus at a glance - 2017

    VinylPlus at a glance - 2017

    VinylPlus is driving its sustainability programme in the context of ongoing environmental and socio-economic developments, taking into account valuable inputs from stakeholders, with a view to enhancing its contribution to addressing global challenges.

    This brochure gives you an overview of the VinylPlus programme.

    Download: English | FrenchGerman | Italian | Norwegian | PortugueseSpanish version

  • New! Progress Report 2017

    New! Progress Report 2017

    Progress Report 2017 Cover

    This Report summarises VinylPlus’ progress and achievements in 2016 in each of the five key sustainability challenges identified for PVC in the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry on the basis of The Natural Step (TNS) System Conditions for a Sustainable Society.

    All the information reported has been independently audited and verified by third parties. A full glossary of abbreviations appears at the end of the Progress Report.

    Download full report in ENGLISH | FRENCH | GREEK | ITALIAN | SPANISH |
    Click here to view the online, interactive PDF.

  • Showing the Path for a Circular Economy

    Showing the Path for a Circular Economy

    With the Circular Economy Package, European decision makers have the immediate opportunity to stimulate growth, innovation and investment in the recycling sector. That is what VinylPlus is all about: improving environmental protection in a sustainable and economically viable way.

    Download: English | French version

  • Vinyl in European Stadiums

    Vinyl in European Stadiums

    A journey from the splendid theatres of Ancient Greece to present-day sports complexes where the use of vinyl combines environmental responsibility and architectural greatness.
  • PVC recycling technologies

    PVC recycling technologies

    One of the five sustainability challenges that are at the heart of the VinylPlus initiative is the challenge of controlled-loop management: the more efficient use and control  of PVC throughout its life cycle. Different PVC recycling techniques and technologies are currently available or are being developed. VinylPlus is focusing on these methods based on their potential for an economically sustainable recycling of “mixed and difficult” PVC ... Read more
  • VinylPlus at a glance - 2016

    VinylPlus at a glance - 2016

    This brochure gives you an overview of the VinylPlus programme.

    Download: English | GermanItalian | NorwegianSpanish version

  • Progress Report 2016

    Progress Report 2016

    Download full report in ENGLISH | FRENCH | GREEK | ITALIAN | SPANISH
    Click here to view the online, interactive PDF.
  • The Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

    The Ongoing Progress of VinylPlus

    How the European PVC value chain managed to take the journey from being severely criticised to become a role model for how industry can achieve sustainable change.
  • How Acid Gases from PVC Energy Recovery are Neutralised

    How Acid Gases from PVC Energy Recovery are Neutralised

    With good reasons, proper waste management stands central in countries that can allocate the necessary resources. In short, humans and environment suffer when waste is disposed of improperly. Backyard burning of household trash emits dioxins, carcinogenic polyaromatic hydrocarbons and particle pollution. Neither is landfilling a good solution, for several reasons.
  • How Regulation and Industry Innovation Have Eliminated Dioxin Emissions from PVC Production and Waste Incineration

    How Regulation and Industry Innovation Have Eliminated Dioxin Emissions from PVC Production and Waste Incineration

    The recent history of dioxins, at least in the industrialised world, is actually much more positive. One could go as far as to call it a success story. Since the emission of dioxins from industrial production and waste incineration peaked in the 1980s, authorities and industries have enacted measures that have led to dramatic cuts. In the European Union, industrial emissions have been reduced by up to 90% since the 1980s
  • Progress Report 2015

    Progress Report 2015

    Full report available in EL, EN, ES, FR, and IT.
    Executive Summary available in DE, DK, EN, FR, IT and NL.

  • Impact of lead restrictions on the recycling of PVC

    Impact of lead restrictions on the recycling of PVC

    The use of lead-based stabilizers in the production of PVC articles is decreasing fast. This is a result of the voluntary commitment of the PVC industry to replace lead based stabilizers before the end of 2015. On the other hand the use of lead and its compounds is also restricted by EU legislation through the RoHS Directive, the Packaging Directive and the ELV Directive. Lead ... Read more
  • Progress Report 2014

    Progress Report 2014

    Full report available in EL, ENESFR, and IT.
    Executive Summary available in DEDKENFRIT and NL.
  • Closing the loop with PVC

    Closing the loop with PVC

    VinylPlus is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry. Launched in 2011, the programme has been developed in an open process of stakeholder dialogue with industry, NGOs, regulators, public representatives and users. 

  • Progress Report 2013

    Progress Report 2013

    The Progress Report is VinylPlus's annual review of action towards the concrete and measurable targets set out in the Voluntary Commitment.

  • Progress Report 2012

    Progress Report 2012

    VinylPlus' scope is wider than Vinyl 2010's, introducing new work areas such as energy and resources efficiency, climate change and sustainability awareness, and covering all PVC waste streams, including automotive, electric & electronic and packaging. Its geographical reach goes further, adding Norway and Switzerland to the EU-27 with a clear aim at engaging globally.

  • Voluntary Commitment

    Voluntary Commitment

    VinylPlus is the new ten-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry. It is built on the achievements of the Vinyl 2010 programme and takes the next important steps in tackling the sustainability challenges for PVC.

  • Progress Report 2011

    Progress Report 2011

    Vinyl 2010 is the organisation set up to implement the Voluntary Commitment of the  European PVC industry. This is a 10-year plan to progress the PVC industry towards  sustainability by minimising the environmental impact of PVC production, promoting  responsible use of additives, supporting collection and recycling schemes, and  encouraging social dialogue between all of the industry’s stakeholders and beyond.

  • Progress Report 2010 - Executive Summaries

    Progress Report 2010 - Executive Summaries

    The Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry was signed in 2000. It is a 10-year plan to ensure and improve product stewardship across the lifecycle of PVC, within a context of sustainable development. Vinyl 2010 is the structure set up to organise and implement this commitment.

  • Progress Report 2009

    Progress Report 2009

    Vinyl 2010 is the European PVC industry’s 10-year Voluntary Commitment for sustainable development and product stewardship across the life cycle of PVC. The Voluntary Commitment was set up in 2000 to minimise the environmental impact of the PVC production, promote responsible use of additives, support collection and recycling schemes, and encourage social dialogue between all of the industry’s stakeholders.

  • Progress Report 2008

    Progress Report 2008

    Sustainable Development and product stewardship across the life cycle of PVC have inspired the approach of the European PVC industry’s Voluntary Commitment since its origin in 2000.

  • Progress Report 2007

    Progress Report 2007

    The Progress Report is Vinyl 2010’s annual review of progress towards the targets set out in the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry.

  • Updated Voluntary Commitment

    Updated Voluntary Commitment

    The PVC industry (PVC manufacturers, PVC additive  producers and PVC converters as represented by
    their European associations ECVM, ECPI3, ESPA, EuPC4) have united voluntarily to meet the challenge of sustainable development.

  • Progress Report 2005

    Progress Report 2005

    Vinyl 2010 shows the commitment of the PVC industry to present and future generations and aims at ensuring high levels of economic dynamism, environmental protection and social welfare as part of Sustainable Development.

  • Progress Report 2004

    Progress Report 2004

    Four years have passed since the establishment of Vinyl 2010 and once again I am pleased to report steady progress toward our long-term goals of sustainability.

  • The recycling of PVC waste in Europe (2004)

    The recycling of PVC waste in Europe (2004)

    The study performed by AJI-EUROPE on behalf of Vinyl 2010 between September 2005 and January 2006 has three main objectives:
    • Prepare a quantitative inventory of post-consumer PVC waste currently collected and recycled in the EU15
    + Poland and identify the proportions of this waste originating from key applications (window profiles, other profiles, pipes, cables, flooring, coated fabrics)
    • Assess the amounts of post industrial PVC waste which are currently recycled, either “in-situ” by the processors or processed by recyclers outside the processing plant where it has been generated
    • Identify the main factors of evolution and carry-out a quantitative forecast of PVC waste recycling in 2010.

  • PVC Recovery Options

    PVC Recovery Options

    April 2003, Europe: PVC Recovery Options, Concept for Environmental and Economic System Analysis, commissioned by VINYL 2010 : English version
  • PVC Recovery Options_Executive Summary

    PVC Recovery Options_Executive Summary

    April 2003, Europe: PVC Recovery Options, Concept for Environmental and Economic System Analysis, commissioned by VINYL 2010 : English version
  • Progress Report - 2003

    Progress Report - 2003

    World leaders last year in Johannesburg declared sustainable develop- ment a "central element of the international agenda".

    Together as Vinyl 2010, the European PVC production and converting chain has been working hard to ensure that the challenge of sustainable development is taken to heart. We are relentlessly improving production processes and products, investing in technolo- gy, minimising emissions and waste and boosting collection and recycling.

  • Johannesburg Summit: The European PVC industry contributing to sustainable development
  • Progress Report 2002

    Progress Report 2002

    This second report on the Voluntary Commitment of the PVC industry fulfils our promise to publish an annual progress review. Public reporting is a key element of our voluntary approach and it demonstrates our willingness to work openly with all stakeholders.

  • Progress Report 2001

    Progress Report 2001

    The signature of our VoluntaryCommitment in March last year broke new ground for the industry by setting out a partnership approach involving each part of the PVC supply chain to deliver commitments that cover the whole PVC lifecycle.

  • Voluntary commitment of the PVC industry

    Voluntary commitment of the PVC industry

    Vinyl 2010 – The Voluntary Commitment of the PVC industry is a 10 year programme, including mid-term revision of targets in 2005 and definition of new objectives in 2010 that will take into account technical progress and the enlargement of the EU. It also includes a strict implementation monitoring process through certified annual reports.

  • Sustainable Development, Voluntary commitments from the PVC industry

    Sustainable Development, Voluntary commitments from the PVC industry

    This paper describes actions being undertaken by the EU PVC industry to ensure that its product is compatible with sustainable development. A review of product stewardship activities is presented at a time when PVC I being considered by the European Commission as the focus of a Horizontal Initiative.