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VinylPlus
Description/achievement of initiative

The European PVC industry commits to address five key challenges:- Work towards the more efficient management of PVC throughout its life cycle.- Help to ensure that persistent organic compounds do not accumulate in nature and that other emissions are reduced. - Review the use of PVC additives and move towards more sustainable additives systems.- Help to minimize climate impacts through reducing energy and raw material use, potentially endeavoring to switch to renewable sources and promoting sustainable innovation.- Continue to build sustainability awareness across the value chain and external stakeholders.

Implementation methodologies

In line with the Agenda 21 chapter 30 Strengthening the role of business and industry, the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment has been developed bottom up with an open process of stakeholder dialogue. Five key sustainable development challenges have been identified for PVC, based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society. VinylPlus considers the dialogue with all of its stakeholders and the involvement of an NGO as critical external friend a key factor for success.Specific Task Forces, composed of internal and external experts, provide guidelines and define approach and implementation tools to achieve the set targets.In this regard, it is of paramount importance a cradle to grave approach, involving the entire upstream and downstream chain from raw-material production to post-consumer waste. Sustainable consumption and production are only achievable looking at the entire life cycle of product and actively involving SMEs.With reference to the chapter V of JPOI, VinylPlus is cooperating with the EU new members and trade unions with the objective of raising health, safety, and environmental standards to higher levels and to harmonize sustainability goals. Furthermore, VinylPlus will engage in efforts to globalize the approach by encouraging similar voluntary initiatives elsewhere in the world.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

As part of its commitment to promote its approach across the PVC industry worldwide, VinylPlus actively shares experience, knowledge and best practices with the other regional PVC associations at the global level in the bi-annual meetings of the GVC (Global Vinyl Council), as well as in other relevant conferences and events.

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure

VinylPlus is managed by a comprehensive Board representing all European PVC industry sectors (resin and additives producers, plastics manufacturers).A Monitoring Committee guarantees an independent evaluation of the initiatives undertaken in the framework of the Voluntary Commitment and gives guidance and advice. Open to external stakeholders, the Committee currently includes representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, trade unions and consumer associations, as well as representatives from the European PVC industry. The Monitoring Committee plays a fundamental role in ensuring VinylPlus’ transparency, participation and accountability.

Partner(s)

The European PVC industry value chain represented by the following four Associations: ECVM The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers); EuPC The European Plastics Converters (The European Plastics Converters); ESPA The European Stabiliser Producers Association (The European Stabiliser); European Plasticisers, former ECPI The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (European Plasticisers). Openness, transparency and accountability of VinylPlus are guaranteed by an independent Monitoring Committee composed of representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, trade unions and consumer associations, as well as representatives of the European PVC industry. A Progress Report audited by independent sources is published every year.
Updates to initiatives
Goal 1
Goal 3
Goal 4
Goal 5
Goal 6
Goal 7
Goal 8
Goal 9
Goal 12
Goal 13
Goal 17
2012/12/31
Engage with external stakeholders in the discussion of organochlorine emissions during 2012 and develop a plan to deal with stakeholder concerns.
2013/12/31
Risk assessment for the transportation of major raw materials, in particular VCM.
2015/12/31
Publication of the VinylPlus Status Report on Renewables.
2016/12/31
A Social dialogue commitment endorsed by the EU Sectoral Social Dialogue Committee for the Chemical Industry to be developed and included in the VinylPlus program.
2020/12/31
Publication of an updated Status Report on Renewables.
2020/12/31
PVC resin producers to achieve full compliance with the ECVM Industry Charters.
2020/12/31
PVC converters to report annually their gains in energy efficiency.
2020/12/31
Develop a methodology for the sustainable choice of additives for profiles and flexible applications.
2020/12/31
Develop a systematic framework methodology for the sustainable use of additives, taking into account the EU PEF concept.
2020/12/31
Organization of annual external stakeholder meetings, commencing in 2012.
2020/12/31
Promote VinylPlus approach within international PVC industry organizations worldwide.
31 Dec 2012
Development and launch of a VinylPlus label for PVC products. The aim of the label is to allow costumers/specifiers to better identify PVC products or solutions that contribute to sustainable development.
31 Dec 2015
Lead-based additives replacement in the EU-27.
31 Dec 2020
PVC resin producers to reduce their specific energy consumption, targeting a 20% reduction by 2020.
31 Dec 2020
Recycle 800,000 tonnes/year of PVC, including 100,00 tonnes/year with innovative technologies, by 2020.
Staff / Technical expertise
Academics and independent environmental scientists
Staff / Technical expertise
European PVC associations, PVC member companies
Other, please specify
NGO The Natural Step International, a sustainable development NGO, acting as ?critical friend?, sustainability mentor and capacity building expert for VinylPlus
Other, please specify
NGO The Natural Step International, a sustainable development NGO, acting as ?critical friend?, sustainability mentor and capacity building expert for VinylPlus
Other, please specify
The VinylPlus program is privately funded by the European PVC industry through the four associations ECVM, EuPC, ESPA, ECPI.

SMART
This initiative fulfils the SMART criteria.
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Basic information
Time-frame: 2011-06-22 - 2020-12-31
Partners
The European PVC industry value chain represented by the following four Associations: ECVM The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers); EuPC The European Plastics Converters (The European Plastics Converters); ESPA The European Stabiliser Producers Association (The European Stabiliser); European Plasticisers, former ECPI The European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (European Plasticisers). Openness, transparency and accountability of VinylPlus are guaranteed by an independent Monitoring Committee composed of representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, trade unions and consumer associations, as well as representatives of the European PVC industry. A Progress Report audited by independent sources is published every year.
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Contact information
Erica Lo Buglio, Advisor, erica.lo.buglio@zelian.it
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