European PVC industry meets 2010 environment and recycling goals

12 April 2011 10:11  [Source: ICIS news]

European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry has met the standards of its Vinyl 2010 volunteer commitment to improve its environmental record.LONDON (ICIS)--The European polyvinyl chloride (PVC) industry has met its environmental commitments as laid out by the Vinyl 2010 volunteer programme, a report said on Tuesday.

According to the final progress report on Vinyl 2010 – the ten-year voluntary commitment launched in 2000 to enhance the sustainable production and use of PVC – European PVC companies have met, or exceeded, all targets set by the industry.

The report highlights the advances made by the industry during the past decade in waste management, innovative recycling technologies, stakeholder engagement and responsible use of additives.

“Vinyl 2010 has been a clear success and is a perfect example of industry self-regulation working in practice,” Josef Ertl, chairman of the Vinyl 2010 board, said at the launch of the report during PVC 2011, the 11th international PVC conference, in Brighton, UK.

“It is no exaggeration to say that it has helped to revolutionise the PVC value chain in Europe,” Ertl said, adding that the programme had allowed the sector to remain competitive, while significantly enhancing PVC’s credentials and appeal as a material of choice for sustainable purchasing.

“Along the way, it has also contributed to the creation of a new recycling industry across Europe,” he added.

Ertl said the final progress report also confirmed that across the EU the replacement of certain PVC production process additives was ahead of schedule – with cadmium phased out and lead substitution on track to be replaced entirely by 2015.

According to the report, 260,842 tonnes of unregulated post-consumer PVC waste were recycled by Vinyl 2010’s network of European recyclers in 2010 – well above the goal of 200,000 tonnes/year.

Other achievements include the ongoing development of technologies to increase PVC recycling and the launch of multi-stakeholder platforms to promote sustainable resource management, the report said.

VinylPlus – a new industry commitment towards sustainability for the next ten years – will be unveiled in June and Vinyl 2010 says it will require the ongoing active support of the PVC value chain.

“Certain companies in the value chain have managed to get away with reaping the benefits of Vinyl 2010 without signing up to it,” Ertl said.

“Procurement officials, specifiers and buyers have an important role to play here by actively supporting the responsible purchasing of PVC,” he added.

Vinyl 2010 was set up, and is run by, the four associations which represent the European PVC industry – the European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM), the European Plastics Converters (EuPC), the European Stabiliser Producers Association (ESPA) and the European Council for Plasticisers and Intermediates (ECPI).

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By: Franco Capaldo
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