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Plastics Recycling: PolyREC launched

VinylPlus®, Petcore Europe, PlasticsEurope and Plastics Recyclers Europe have mutually agreed to join forces to form the organisation PolyREC to monitor, verify, and report their plastics recycling and uptake data in Europe. This will be achieved by using a common data collection system – RecoTraceTM. PolyREC will ensure traceability, transparency, and trust in recycled materials along the entire plastics value chain.

PolyREC will use VinylPlus’ 20 years’ experience and expertise that it has in becoming the industry standard for collecting credible and reliable recycling data via Recovinyl. VinylPlus’ Managing Director Brigitte Dero says “circularity of plastics is a key opportunity to enhance plastics products sustainability. The European PVC industry, through VinylPlus, has learnt the importance of monitoring and progress reporting. We are therefore pleased to share this long-time experience and work collaboratively with all plastic industry sectors to raise traceability and transparency in recycled plastics along the entire plastics value chain.”

VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum 2021: Register for free

VinylPlus® will launch the new 10-year Commitment of the European PVC Industry to Sustainable Development at the 2021 edition of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum themed #TOWARDS2030. This half-day hybrid event will be hosted live in Brussels, Belgium, with an online audience, on June 17th, 2021.

Open to participants attending from anywhere in the world, #VSF2021 will feature quality speakers, inspiring speeches and live and online Q&A sessions. The event will celebrate the last 10-year achievements of VinylPlus, reflecting on progress made by the PVC industry in sustainability, product stewardship, recycling, stakeholder engagement and transparency.

Organised by VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, this year’s Forum marks a significant turning point, with the launch of a new and even more ambitious 2030 commitment to sustainability with VinylPlus’ partners and stakeholders.

Main topics for discussion will focus on future plans for fully embracing the EU’s Circular Economy and European Green Deal ambitions and how the strategy will be achieved through a united PVC industry working together towards shared sustainability goals.

New VinylPlus® Progress Report 2021 published

At the completion of its second 10-year Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development, the European PVC industry takes stock of its achievements and looks ahead to 2030. Among the main results, which are summarised in the VinylPlus Progress Report 2021 published Monday 17th May, the continuous development of collection and recycling schemes for PVC waste across Europe, which made possible to recycle 6.5 million tonnes of PVC since 2000; the progressive replacement of the most problematic additives; the reduction of energy consumption in production processes; and the development of the VinylPlus® Product Label. Looking ahead, VinylPlus confirms its strong engagement and commitments to recycle 900,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2025, in line with the ambitions of the Circular Plastics Alliance, and one million tonnes by 2030.

Status report on the circular economy in Germany

The circular economy is increasingly developing into an important branch of industry in Germany. Both turnover and the number of employees in the industry continue to grow significantly. This is shown in the „Status Report on the Circular Economy in Germany 2020“ presented a few weeks ago. 15 associations, organisations and companies, including PlasticsEurope Deutschland, BDE and bvse, were involved in preparing the report, which provides information on the current status across all materials and waste fractions.

Important topics include the high potential of the circular economy in terms of resource conservation, climate protection and energy turnaround as well as for economic efficiency and innovative strength.

The complete report as well as the most important key points can be downloaded from the specially created website at

German government must lead the way in the EU renovation wave

A few weeks ago, 48 associations, including the AGPU, appealed in an open letter to the German government to support the implementation of the EU Commission’s Renovation Wave Strategy during the German EU Council Presidency and to make use of European investment support for energy-related building renovation in Germany.

Even though demand for energy-efficient renovation in Germany has risen noticeably thanks to improved subsidy conditions: The current level is not sufficient to achieve the energy and climate targets. „The energy-related modernisation of buildings is a triple benefit: for the climate, for the economy and for all people in Europe, who will thus be provided with future-proof and modern living and working space. Germany is in a good starting position to set a good example in Europe now and herald a real wave of renovation,“ said Christian Noll of the German Energy Efficiency Initiative (DENEFF).

The topic of the Renovation Wave Strategy will also be a focus of the upcoming PVC workshop of PlasticsEurope Deutschland and AGPU in January 2021. Modern PVC products in the construction sector are already helping to achieve these goals. Thanks to the EU action plan, these products should now be even more in the focus of construction decision-makers. The VinylPlus® Product Label for sustainable PVC building products will also contribute to this.

BPIE paper on the Renovation Wave Strategy

In mid-October the EU Commission presented the „Renovation Wave Strategy“, a comprehensive action plan to improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The aim is to double the rate of renovation by 2030 and thus achieve better energy and resource efficiency in existing buildings. In order to achieve this goal, around 35 million buildings across Europe are to be renovated for energy efficiency over the next ten years.

The building sector in its current structure contributes significantly to the generation of CO2 emissions. Buildings account for around 40 percent of energy consumption in Europe. In addition, only one percent of the building stock is currently being renovated for energy efficiency every year.

The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) prepared an initial summary and analysis of the most important key points. According to the experts, it is not enough to simply double the rate of renovation. In order to achieve the Green Deal’s target of climate neutrality by 2050, the rate must be increased significantly. The BPIE paper speaks of a tenfold increase. Moreover, not only the necessary legislative procedures in the EU member states, but also the existing (if any) support programmes would have to be considerably expanded.

European PVC industry: New 2030 sustainability programme

VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, brought together over 180 participants from 24 countries at the virtual VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF) #CIRCULARVINYL in mid-October. The successful event showcased the united PVC industry’s major achievements and plans to build the new sustainability programme towards 2030.

Kirsi Ekroth-Manssila, Head of Unit at DG GROW, praised the “commitment and the proactive role” of VinylPlus in the Circular Plastics Alliance, stating, “VinylPlus is a perfect example of how to make the Circular Economy a reality, being the first value chain in 2001 to take on the challenge of transforming a problem into an opportunity. In addressing the environmental concerns of PVC, VinylPlus and the industry came up with an ambitious and forward-looking approach: to organise, cooperate and communicate with the whole value chain, from the producer to the downstream user and the waste manager.”

The event was not only a recognition of the PVC value chain’s achievements but an opportune moment to discuss and give feedback on the new 2030 sustainability programme, currently in development. The conversation built on an external stakeholder consultation carried out by Accenture on key sustainability drivers, and challenges and opportunities for the PVC industry to respond to over the next decade.

WissenWERT: PVC Roofing and Waterproofing Membranes

In July we have mentioned the incorrect reporting of PVC sealing membranes in the member magazine of the German Association for Water Management, Sewage and Waste. The AGPU, together with experts from member companies, prepared a detailed fact check and made it available to the author, the editorial team and the association for correction of the article.

The AGPU has additionally published a double-page information sheet in German entitled „WissenWERT: PVC-Dach- und Dichtungsbahnen“ (Worth Knowing: PVC roofing and waterproofing membranes). It was created in close cooperation with the respective experts and provides a good overview with the most important facts and figures on this topic. It is available for internal communications for our member companies as well as for external use.

Study: Material Flow Analysis Plastics 2019 presented

Beginning of September, the biannual study „Stoffstrombild Kunststoffe für Deutschland“ (Material Flow Analysis Plastics in Germany 2019) was published. For this purpose, in addition to the production of virgin plastics, the produced and processed quantities of recycled materials were also determined. The results for 2019 show that recycled plastics were used more frequently than before and are becoming increasingly important as a raw material for new plastic products.

Last year, for example, 13.7 percent of the volume of plastics processed was covered by recycled materials; two years earlier the proportion was 12.3 percent. Since the last survey in 2017, the volume of recycled materials has increased by around five percent per year, which in turn has led to a decline in the volume of virgin plastic material used. This fell by 2.5 percent over the same period.

The study was created by Conversio Market & Strategy GmbH. It was commissioned by BKV, PlasticsEurope Deutschland e.V. together with other associations such as BDE, bvse and AGPU. The short version of the study can be downloaded free of charge as a PDF version from their websites.