VinylPlus Deutschland Board Confirmed Until 2024

Beginning of July, the general assembly of VinylPlus Deutschland e.V. took place as a virtual event. One of the items on the agenda was the regular election of the board. The board had previously stood for re-election until 2024 – and was unanimously re-elected by the member companies.

The old and new Board of Management of VinylPlus Deutschland is composed as follows: Dr Oliver Mieden (Vinnolit, Chairman), Mailin Bode (RENOLIT, Deputy Chairman), Dr Dieter Polte (Vestolit, Deputy Chairman), Uwe Dietsch (INOVYN, Treasurer), Jörg Frömming (Dekura), Volkmar Halbe (FEB), Roland Jahn (GEALAN), Roland Pietz (Evonik), Dr Ingo Sartorius (PlasticsEurope Deutschland) and Thomas Zenger (Baerlocher).

VinylPlus 2030: New Commitment Launched

VinylPlus 2030, the European PVC industry’s next commitment to sustainable development for the next ten years, was launched Mid-June at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum (VSF). It builds on more than 20 years of progress and achievements in the European PVC value chain. With the renewed commitment, VinylPlus® aims to proactively contribute to addressing global sustainability challenges and priorities.

The VinylPlus 2030 Commitment was developed in a bottom-up approach through industry workshops and an open consultation process with stakeholders. Three ‚pathways‘ and 12 ‚action areas and targets‘ have been identified, covering the circularity of the PVC value chain, its progress towards carbon neutrality, minimising the environmental footprint of PVC production and products, and its engagement with stakeholders and global coalitions.

All targets will be subject to a mid-term review in 2025 to take into account technological progress and the evolution of the socio-economic, regulatory and environmental framework.

The VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2021 was reported to have attracted more than 530 participants from 44 countries. You can download the executive summary of the new Commitment from our website. 

More than 15 million Window Units sold in 2020

In Germany, 15.298 million window units were sold last year (1 window unit (WU) corresponds to a window measuring 1.3 x 1.3 meters or 1.69 m2), according to a recent Heinze study (commissioned by the VFF, among others). This corresponds to a growth of 3.5 percent compared to the previous year. The renovation sector contributed over proportional to the growth with 8.8 million units. In the new-build segment, the sales volume was 6.5 million WU.

With regard to the market shares of the frame materials used, there are only minor shifts compared to previous years. PVC windows had a share of 57.5 percent in 2020 (57.2 per cent in 2019). According to the study, German window manufacturers produced 12.336 million WU last year, which was around three percent higher than the previous year’s figure. Of these, 6.33 million WU were made of PVC.

For the current year, the market researchers expect a similar level as in the previous year. A growth of 1.9 percent is forecasted for 2022.

VinylPlus Advertorial in „Kommunalwelt“ Magazine

In June, the virtual municipal congress of the Kommunalpoltische Vereinigung der CDU und CSU Deutschland (KPV) took place in Berlin. Thomas Hülsmann, Managing Director of VinylPlus Deutschland, was a panel speaker at the online event and presented the role of the European PVC industry voluntary commitment and sustainable PVC building products in achieving the climate targets at the Sustainability Forum.

The new issue of Kommunalwelt magazine was published a few days ago. Among other things, the statements of the discussion participants are summarised. In addition, VinylPlus Deutschland was able to place another advertorial in the magazine as part of the VinylPlus communication projects in order to present action areas and targets of the new VinylPlus 2030 sustainability programme to these important stakeholders.

Follow VinylPlus Deutschland on Social Media

With the official renaming to VinylPlus Deutschland, the German PVC experts are now also represented on the business platform LinkedIn as well as on Twitter. Soon there will also be a profile on XING, the German speaking business network. Many member companies and their employees are already active in those social media channels.

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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.