Papers # 2014 Chicago
VinylPlus is the new 10 year sustainability commitment of the PVC value chain in Europe, built around five challenges for the sustainable future of PVC in our society. An important target within Challenge 5 - “Sustainability Awareness” is the market launch of a product label by 2013.
This document contains the set of criteria that a product must fulfil to receive the new label. The scheme, which currently focuses on building and construction applications, was developed by BRE Global and VinylPlus with input from The Natural Step. BRE Global is an independent, third-party approvals organization, offering certification of products, services and systems to an international market. BRE Global has developed a standard for responsible sourcing (BES 6001 – www.greenbooklive.com/search/scheme.jsp?id=153) which is combined here with specific VinylPlus program points (please see www.vinylplus.eu). Other PVC applications and a comparable scheme for raw materials used in converting will be developed in the future.
This label scheme draws together the principles of responsible sourcing along with the aspirations of VinylPlus. The key objectives are:
- to help companies market successfully “sustainable PVC solutions”; carrying the spirit of the VinylPlus program.
- to guide procurers and specifiers in making intelligent and more sustainable choices.
This scheme has been structured so that compliance can be demonstrated through meeting the requirements through a combination of:
- other internationally recognized certification schemes
- established written policies
- setting objectives and targets, and
- engaging with relevant stakeholdes
The scheme provides certification for a manufacturer’s group of products. The scheme comprises eight key clauses, each with sub-clauses.
VinylPlus intends that the scheme will act as a method of demonstrating PVCs sustainability credentials in the context of Green Public Procurement (GPP), and will be recognized by other environmental schemes. In the presentation next to the Vinyl+ scheme first experiences will be presented from a manufacturers point of vi