Progress Report 2022: Pathway 2

Advancing towards carbon neutrality and minimising our environmental footprint

“Sustainable chemistry and carbon neutrality are at the heart of a sustainable economy.
By applying a science-based approach, we commit to ensuring that all PVC products, including their supply chains and manufacturing processes, continue to reduce their impact on human health and the environment.”

Pathway 2 recognizes the need to take urgent action to combat climate change in line with the European Commission’s Green Deal targets; to minimise the environmental footprint of production processes and products in line with the EU Chemicals Strategy for sustainability; and to increase resource efficiency in consumption and production.

Sustainable chemistry and carbon neutrality are at the heart of a sustainable economy.
By applying a science-and evidence-based approach, VinylPlus is committed to ensuring that all PVC products, as well as their supply chains and manufacturing processes, continue to reduce their impact on human health and the environment.
Two dedicated VinylPlus Committees, the newly established Environmental Footprint Committee (EFC) and the Sustainable Use of Additives Committee (SAC), will coordinate VinylPlus efforts to achieving Pathway 2 targets. 

  2.1 Advancing towards carbon neutrality

“Shifting towards renewable energy and material feedstocks to mitigate climate change impacts is a responsibility for all of us: producers and consumers. It is good to see that also the European PVC industry sets a clear commitment in this direction with VinylPlus 2030.”

Prof. Dr Ir. Jo Dewulf
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University

2.2 Embracing the sustainable use of chemical substances

  • Methodology developed in collaboration with The Natural Step
  • Assessing the lifecycle sustainability of additives used in PVC products
  • Peer reviewed by LCA experts, and validated

VinylPlus continues to support the sustainable use of additives with one of its flagship initiatives, the Additive Sustainability Footprint® (ASF). This methodology allows user to proactively assess and promote the sustainable production and use of PVC additives throughout entire product lifecycles, including the roles of additives in the performance of PVC products.

The first target of VinylPlus 2030 has been achieved in December 2021, with the organisation of the first webinar: Building towards sustainable PVC, which focused on the ASF Methodology.

A total of 139 delegates from 19 countries participated in the webinar, which received excellent feedback in the post-webinar survey.
An ASF company training programme has been developed in cooperation with The Natural Step. The programme supports VinylPlus partners in the use and implementation of the ASF methodology for their own companies’ product portfolios.

2.3 Minimising our environmental footprint

ECVM members are committed to the continuous reduction of their environmental impact in conformity with the requirements of the ECVM Industry Charter for the Production of Vinyl Chloride Monomer and PVC, updated in 2019.

How do we ensure that we are keeping our promises?

An industry-wide verification was scheduled to be carried out in 39 European VCM and PVC plants between February and June 2022 to assess that compliance with the updated Charter had been achieved by the end of 2021. Dekra has been selected as third-party certification body.
Verification results are expected to be published in autumn 2022.

2.4 Responsible supplier criteria and programmes

For transparency on the sustainability performance of the whole value chain, including of suppliers of raw materials, VinylPlus will collect and map the certification schemes of the upstream supply chain to demonstrate that suppliers’ production facilities are progressing towards sustainability. VinylPlus will also assist its partners in communicating the sustainability progress made by the upstream supply chain.

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Progress Report 2022: Pathway 2