Vinyl 2010: The European PVC Industry’s Approach To Sustainability
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One of the most promising approaches to bridging corporate and government roles toward sustainability are Voluntary Agreements (VA) made by industry. Vinyl 2010, involving the entire industry, from raw-material production to post-consumer waste, sets out commitments on production, additives and waste management and operates through projects covering technology, research, organisation and communication. Vinyl 2010 has established a Monitoring Committee with representatives from the European Parliament, the European Commission and trade unions. The Vinyl 2010 initiative takes on even further significance in the context of an enlarged EU with 25 or more member states. VAs are an efficient way of transferring best practice. Keywords: PVC Industry, Voluntary Commitment, waste management, product stewardship, Monitoring Committee. 1 Introduction Everyone’s future depends on sustainable development and each of us has a role to play in making it a reality, personally as consumers and collectively as public authorities, governments and private sector companies. The PVC industry has accepted this challenge. We have been working very hard for several years and now we have an innovative voluntary approach covering the whole industry chain. PVC is one of the most widely used plastic materials in the world and plays a vital role in each of the three pillars of sustainable development. Right from the start, PVC contributes to saving energy and resources, because its production makes optimal use of mineral oil and utilises common
PVC Industry, Voluntary Commitment, waste management, product stewardship, Monitoring Committee.