As a responsible producer, SolVin means to be exemplary in terms of safety, environmental protection, and sustainable development. In the PVC sector, such objective is reflected in particular in the participation in achievements like Vinyl 2010. After this 10 year commitment, SolVin is very proud to be part of the new ambitious voluntary commitment VinylPlus. SolVin is confident that VinylPlus will promote sustainability throughout the whole PVC value chain combining all forces and the company will play its leadership role.
VinylPlus, built on the success of Vinyl2010
The new initiative builds on the success of the Vinyl 2010 ten year voluntary commitment to enhance the sustainable production and use of PVC. Vinyl 2010 is widely regarded as leading example of industry self-regulation working in practice and delivering concrete results.
Among its most significant achievements was the establishment of an infrastructure for the annual collection and recycling of over 250,000 tonnes of PVC - which prior to 2000 had been dismissed by many as an “unrecyclable” material destined for landfill. SolVin was a major actor in order to achieve this challenge by developing VinyLoop®, a new recycling process and building a plant.
VinylPlus, the ambitious ten year sustainability commitment
VinylPlus has been developed with the input and guidance of The Natural Step, an international NGO at the forefront of research and dialogue on sustainable development. The first four challenges within the VinylPlus programme deal with the production and use of PVC along the value chain, whilst the fifth challenge addresses the need to increase awareness about sustainability and to create a dialogue with all stakeholders.
Concrete targets in the VinylPlus commitment include the recycling of 800,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2020 of which 100,000 tonnes should be treated by innovative technologies to tackle applications that have posed a challenge for recycling up to now.
In addition to maintaining a constructive dialogue with The Natural Step, VinylPlus will continue to be monitored by an independent monitoring committee made up of representatives of the European Parliament, European Commission, trade unions, retailers and consumer organisations. As with Vinyl 2010, the industry will publish an independently verified and audited report, outlining the progress made against each of the VinylPlus targets.