From Vinyl 2010 to VinylPlus
VinylPlus builds on the achievements and results of Vinyl 2010 and the principles of Responsible Care® adopted by the European chemicals industry in the late 1980s.
Vinyl 2010 was the 1st Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC Industry. It shaped a 10-year programme to move the PVC industry towards sustainability by focusing on:
- Minimising the environmental impact of production
- Promoting the responsible use of additives
- Supporting collection and recycling schemes
- Encouraging a dialogue amongst all the industry's stakeholders
Over a decade, reporting annually and overseen by an independent Monitoring Committee, Vinyl 2010 succeeded in meeting its targets.
Here are some milestones in the work and achievements of the European PVC industry:
VinylPlus® Product Label implemented for window profiles
VinylPlus® Product Label implemented for the window profile sector, with four EPPA member companies already completing certification audits.
PVC recycling reaches 639,648 tonnes.
New Cooperation Agreement
New Cooperation Agreement signed between VinylPlus and the social partners of the European Chemical Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee.
VinylPlus selected as a “Highly Commended” entry by The Circulars 2017, the circular economy award programme of the World Economic Forum and the Forum of Young Global Leaders.
Lead-based stabilisers replaced in the EU-28
By the end of 2015, lead-based stabilisers had been replaced in the EU-28 by ESPA members.
As planned from the outset, in 2015 a mid-term review of targets was undertaken, to measure and evaluate VinylPlus initiatives up to now, taking into account market and technical developments, as well as the evolution of the regulatory framework.
Nearly half million tonnes of PVC recycled in 2014
With 481,018 tonnes of PVC waste recycled in 2014, VinylPlus continues to progress toward its 2020 recycling targets.
The EPDplus approach, a new methodology for evaluating the sustainable use of additives which integrates current standard EPDs with TNS sustainability criteria, is released by VinylPlus Additives Task Force, and reviewed with external stakeholders.
Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2013
The first Vinyl Sustainability Forum 2013 takes place in Istanbul, Turkey.VinylPlus becomes a member of the Green Industry Platform, a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
VinylPlus at Rio+20
10 year Voluntary Commitment launch
VinylPlus, the new 10-year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry is launched in Brussels.
Collaboration with The Natural StepDecision to move forward with a new voluntary programme and work with The Natural Step. Exceeding the 10-year target, the recycling of available post-consumer PVC from non-regulated waste streams reaches 260,842 tonnes.
50% decrease in lead stabiliser use is achieved in the EU-27
50% decrease in lead stabiliser use achieved ahead of time for EU-15
The Environmental Declarations (EPD) for S-PVC and E-PVC are publishedThe Environmental Declarations (EPD) for S-PVC and E-PVC are published. Cadmium stabilisers phase-out is extended to and completed in the EU-27. Lead stabiliser phase-out by 2015 is extended to the EU-27. The recycling of available post-consumer PVC from non-regulated waste streams reaches 149,463 tonnes.
A Revised Voluntary Committment
Following the mid-term review of targets, Vinyl 2010 publishes a revised Voluntary Commitment. Cadmium stabilisers phase-out is extended to and completed in the EU-25. Lead stabiliser phase-out by 2015 is extended to the EU-25.
The recycling of available post-consumer PVC from non-regulated waste streams reaches 82,812 tonnes.
Recovinyl, the organisation set up to support and develop PVC collection and recycling is launched. A 15% reduction in the use of lead stabilisers is achieved ahead of time. The Risk Assessment on lead stabilisers is published. The ECVM E-PVC Production Charter is verified externally by Det Norske Veritas.
The recycling of available post-consumer PVC from non-regulated waste streams reaches 38,793 tonnes.
18,077 tonnes of recycled PVCVinyl 2010 is registered as a Partnership with the Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The recycling of available post-consumer PVC from non-regulated waste streams reaches 18,077 tonnes.
Setting up of the Monitoring Committee and RecovinylA Monitoring Committee made up of representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, trade unions, consumer associations and the European PVC industry is established. Recovinyl is created.
Vinyl2010 - International NGO statusThe Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development underscores the important role of the private sector in the global efforts towards a more equitable and sustainable society. Vinyl2010 acquires the legal status of an international non-profit association. The ECVM's VCM and S-PVC Production Charter is verified externally by Det Norske Veritas.
Vinyl 2010 actionsFollowing a wide range of comments and inputs by industry and external stakeholders, Vinyl 2010 reviews and expands the Voluntary Commitment and publishes its first annual Progress Report. Bisphenol A is phased out of PVC resin production in all ECVM member companies. Cadmium stabilisers are phased out in the EU-15.
Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry
The European PVC value chain unites its effort to deliver a responsible product and improve waste management. In March, the first 10 year Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry is signed and Vinyl 2010 is launched. In October, ECVM, ECPI, ESPA and the European Mine Chemical and Energy Workers Federation (EMCEF) also sign a Social Charter creating a Forum for Social Dialogue within the PVC Industry.