PVC and sustainability

The European PVC industry is committed to sustainable development. This commitment is put into practice by VinylPlus®, the 10-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry. The VinylPlus® programme was developed through open dialogue with stakeholders, including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. Five key challenges have been identified for PVC on the basis of The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society. The regional scope of the programme is the EU-28 plus Norway and Switzerland.

The founding members of VinylPlus® are The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM), European Stabiliser Producers Association (ESPA), European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and European Plasticisers.

Watch the short animation video to learn more about the VinylPlus® programme and its achievements.
The use of PVC, also known as vinyl, in medical devices represents a tiny fraction of the total amounts of PVC manufactured each year. A larger share is used in hospital interiors such as flooring, wall, and ceiling covering, cables and pipes for water and drainage.

Measurable targets and third-party auditing

Through the VinylPlus® initiative, the European PVC industry is creating a long-term sustainability framework for the entire PVC value chain. It aims to:
The progress is monitored by an independent Monitoring Committee and documented by yearly Progress Reports that are independently audited and verified by third parties. The praise for the VinylPlus® programme comes from a wide range of stakeholders, e.g. the European Commission which considers VinylPlus a frontrunner for circular economy. VinylPlus® is registered as a SMART partnership on the UN Partnerships for SDGs platform and listed as a Good Practice on the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform. Together with fiver other European plastics organisations, VinylPlus® has recently launched Circularity Platforms aiming to reach 50% plastics waste recycling by 2040.