VinylPlus brings a significant contribution to circular economy activities, which represents a key objective of current EU policy. VinylPlus’ strong emphasis on external monitoring, transparent reporting and entire value chain involvement is fully in line with the EU approach.
In 2017, VinylPlus increased the volume of recycled PVC to nearly 640,000 tonnes, avoiding emissions of more than 1.2 million tonnes of CO2. A cumulative total of 4.2 million tonnes of PVC has been recycled since 2000, thanks to VinylPlus efforts. Legacy additives remain a concern, and ill-designed restrictions could jeopardise these impressive achievements. VinylPlus remains confident though that the studies it has undertaken in support of PVC recycling/recycled product safety will convince EU authorities to adopt balanced solutions, ensuring maximum safety with increased recycling potential.
VinylPlus also made significant progress in its commitment for the sustainable use of additives by completing the development of the Additives Sustainability Footprint (ASF), a methodology combining quantitative life cycle inventory data with criteria based on the TNS principles. All of this has been carried out in constant dialogue with all stakeholders as demonstrated again by the diverse audience of the annual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum.