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The European Council for Plasticisers (US: plasticizers) and Intermediates (ECPI), is a founding member of VinylPlus, the 10-year sustainable development programme of the European PVC industry.
VinylPlus is taking the next important steps in tackling the sustainability challenges for PVC and also in establishing a long-term framework for the on-going sustainable development of the PVC value chain. The regional scope of the programme is the EU-27 plus Norway and Switzerland.
The VinylPlus programme has been developed bottom up in workshops and with an open process of stakeholder dialogue, including the industry, NGOs, regulators, public representatives and users of PVC. The foundations of the VinylPlus programme are established in its Voluntary Commitment signed by the four founding associations and a number of representatives from different PVC converting sectors.
Five key sustainable development challenges have been identified for PVC together with a set of working principles. The first four challenges are technical in nature whilst the fifth challenge addresses raising awareness and understanding of the importance of sustainable development. Each of the challenges is based on The Natural Step System Conditions for a Sustainable Society.
VinylPlus is explicitly committed to improving the Sustainable Use of Additives. A number of important achievements have been made to date such as the phase out of cadmium stabilisers – full substitution of lead stabilisers is expected by 2015. The VinylPlus Additives Task Force is working on defining practical methods to assess additives based on TNS sustainability criteria, the overarching framework used by VinylPlus, and also on updating existing Life Cycle Assessments and Environmental Product Declarations: