Reporting year: 2015
Achievement at a glance
514,913 tonnes of PVC waste recycled in 2015. Strong cooperation with competent EU authorities and bodies to addressing the issues of legacy additives. Lead-based stabilizers replacement completed in the EU-28. PVC resin producers in line with the target of reducing their energy consumption of 20% by 2020. Publication of the ‘VinylPlus Status Report on Renewables’. Global engagement through active participation in the Global Vinyl Council, the organization which groups the regional PVC associations at global level. Mid-term critical review of targets undertaken in 2015.
Challenges faced in implementation
The VinylPlus program is privately funded by the European PVC industry and requires significant financial commitment. Despite the persistently adverse economic conditions, the European PVC industry invested over 5 million Euro in 2015, of which 3.6 million Euro in waste management and technical projects. Uncertainties in the implementation of relevant EU regulations such as REACH, CLP and Waste had negative consequences for investment in the research and development of new products and markets for recycled PVC.
Next steps
Continue to implement the program and progress towards the achievement of the targets set for 2020, with the objective of minimizing the impact of PVC products throughout their entire life cycle and improve their contributions towards sustainable development.
Measurable outcomes
Civil society; EU PVC value chain; Employees
Using recycled PVC helps meet resource-efficiency targets and allows the preservation of natural resources. It has been calculated that CO2 savings of up to 92% are achieved when PVC is recycled: recycled PVC’s primary energy demand is typically between 45% to 90% lower than virgin PVC production (depending on type of PVC and the recycling process). Furthermore, according to a conservative estimation, for each kg of PVC recycled, 2 kg of CO2 are saved. On this basis, CO2 savings from PVC recycling in Europe is now at around 1 million tonnes of CO2 saved per year. According to a study by TAUW, an independent European consulting and engineering company, on average one employee is needed to recycle 500 tonnes/year of PVC. Hence the 514,913 tonnes of PVC recycled in 2015 contributed to the creation of more than 1,000 direct jobs in recycling plants. The VinylPlus program is helping the PVC value chain to develop more sustainable products and improve production processes (more sustainable use of additives, improved energy and resources efficiency, emission reduction). Further information on the projects and activities implemented in 2015 can be found in the VinylPlus Progress Report 2016, independently audited and verified by third parties.
Engage with external stakeholders in the discussion of organochlorine emissions during 2012 and develop a plan to deal with stakeholder concerns.
Risk assessment for the transportation of major raw materials, in particular VCM.
Publication of the VinylPlus Status Report on Renewables.
Organization of annual external stakeholder meetings, commencing in 2012.
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.
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