Vast Pool Of Expertise
One of the core tasks of VinylPlus Deutschland is to bundle the knowledge of many experts and to promote their exchange. In addition, the sustainability initiative – also together with partner associations –, regularly publishes current studies and data on PVC in Germany, continuously evaluates media and legislative procedures on relevant topics and makes these results exclusively available to its members in the weekly PVC-Ticker.
Whether news, data and facts, results from daily media monitoring or working documents for the committees of VinylPlus Deutschland: The PVC- WIKI is an exclusive knowledge database for all members and has been growing continuously with additional information since its launch in June 2012. Currently, more than 32,000 documents can be accessed. In addition to the continuous expansion of the content, regular performance improvements and security updates ensure a high acceptance of the knowledge database among the approximately 250 registered users.
WORKING GROUPS OF VINYLPLUS DEUTSCHLAND
Decision-makers perceive PVC as a future-oriented material. To achieve this goal, VinylPlus Deutsch land positions the plastic among stakeholders as the preferred material in terms of quality, economy and sustainability. The working group members ensure consistent communication within the framework of VinylPlus Deutschland’s strategy, identify relevant topics and define communication goals and target groups in consultation with the board. One of the main topics was the change of name from AGPU to VinylPlus Deutschland and the associated changes in external presentation.
In addition to monitoring relevant specialist topics and publications, preparing and conducting the biannual workshop “PVC and the Environment” in cooperation with PlasticsEurope Deutschland, the tasks of the working group also include networking with internal and external experts on all aspects of the PVC life cycle. Regulatory requirements from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and the EU Commission are becoming increasingly important. As knowledge management is the indispensable prerequisite for targeted and fact-based communication, the working group also deals with the expansion of the PVC-WIKI database.
Sustainable recovery routes and recycling processes for all PVC waste are among the top topics in this working group. The same applies to the intensive dialogue with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers in the waste management sector. The recycling experts receive direct insights and first-hand information during excursions to important recycling plants and at the regular working group meetings. Further tasks are the evaluation of research projects and studies on PVC recycling as well as the professional support of events and online services such as the PVC-Recycling-Finder. In this way, the working group actively contributes to the fulfilment of the recycling commitments of the VinylPlus® programme.