VinylPlus Progress Report 2018 released

The new 2018 VinylPlus® Progress Report is now available for download. The most important results were presented at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum in Madrid last week by Managing Director Brigitte Dero. Among other results, there were 639,648 tonnes of recycled PVC registered in 2017, almost 80 percent of the aspired goal of 800,000 tonnes by 2020.

The Progress Report can be downloaded as a PDF file from both VinylPlus and AGPU websites. Printed copies will be available shortly. Currently, the AGPU is working together with colleagues from API in Austria and PVCH in Switzerland on the German translation of the new issue of „VinylPlus at a glance“ edition with the most important information in brief and concise form.

KBD: New special publication on sustainable building

Our advertorial from the April/May issue of Kommunaler Beschaffungsdienst (KBD) is now available as a special reprint. The topic is sustainable building with PVC and the resource and energy efficiency of the material. The advertorial and the special print are part of the joint VinylPlus® communication project for green public procurement.

In the past, AGPU has already published several articles and advertorials in German as well as special reprints. These are used for specific target groups and can be used by AGPU and VinylPlus members for trade fairs and customer events, for example.

VinylPlus® champions nearly 640,000 tonnes of PVC recycled in 2017

VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 639,648 tonnes of PVC within its framework last year. The 2017 results were presented at its 6th VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 in Madrid, Spain where the industry shared its latest sustainability achievements.

This year’s forum held on May 16th and 17th took the theme of ‘Meeting Societal Needs’ and explored how the vinyl sector and its products can help to meet the wide-ranging challenges of providing essential services for a growing global population in areas such as healthcare, housing and related infrastructure.

The forum attracted more than 140 stakeholders from 30 countries representing the European Commission, European Parliament, the United Nations, consumer organisations, academia, specifiers, designers, architects, recyclers and the PVC value chain.

With plastics firmly in the spotlight, inspiring presentations and panel discussions from top-level speakers focussed on key topics, including policy frameworks and drivers that will guide businesses towards sustainable practices and alignment with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Welcoming delegates, VinylPlus Chairman Josef Ertl said: “VinylPlus is special because it is the successful voluntary commitment of the entire PVC value chain, including resin manufacturers, additive producers and PVC converters, co-operating with the recyclers. All are working together towards a sustainable society with PVC.  With VinylPlus, the European PVC industry has set clear and ambitious goals and we are well on our way to achieving them.

VinylPlus is regarded as a role model for the positive contribution the PVC industry can make to the Circular Economy through a united approach. VinylPlus is aiming at the sustainable management of PVC along the entire lifecycle; it is taking actions with measurable targets and deadlines to deliver concrete results.”


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Sessions on ‘Towards the future: Meeting the challenges of the era of peak global population’ and ‘Sustainability Policy Frameworks’ sparked lively debate. Aligning industry with circular economy principles and how the industry can respond to increasing environmental pressures were among the topics raised by keynote speaker Anders Wijkman, Co-president of the global think tank Club of Rome.

Nilgün Tas, Chief and Deputy Director of United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Industrial Resource Efficiency Division suggested new collaborative policy partnerships and sharing sustainability best practices globally to address the Sustainable Development Goals.

Nilgün Tas said: “The whole UN system, including UNIDO, encourages all sectors of industry to see the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the new business operating environment, and to actively seize the opportunities offered for meeting essential human and ecosystem needs, including through increased material and energy efficiency. We stand ready to help the business in this endeavour and commend initiatives such as VinylPlus for its leadership in the areas of recycling and addressing sector challenges, in particular by working with partners along the value chain.”

Presenting the 2017 results, VinylPlus General Manager Brigitte Dero highlighted key achievements within the VinylPlus framework, which included the recycling of 639,648 tonnes of PVC last year – almost 80% of the 2020 target. Recovinyl remained the main contributor, registering 633,127 tonnes of recycled PVC, with increased volumes recorded in France and Italy. Cumulatively, 4.2 million tonnes of PVC have been recycled since 2000.

Brigitte Dero commented: “With the adoption of the European Commission’s ‘Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy’, recycling is gaining a more prominent place and will have a strong influence on the entire plastics value chain.”

Another major achievement in 2017 was the implementation for the window profile sector of the VinylPlus® Product Label, a sustainability labelling scheme for PVC products, developed in cooperation with BRE Global (Building Research Establishment) and the Natural Step (TNS), and launched in March 2018, with support from EPPA (European PVC Window Profile and Related Building Products Association). The Product Label focusses on PVC applications for the building and construction sector. Developed as part of the VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment, it aims to help specifiers, consumers and procurement decision makers to identify PVC products and solutions that better contribute to sustainable development.

“Our Voluntary Commitment does more than contribute to the circular economy,” continued Brigitte Dero. “It also tackles many other sustainable development themes, including energy and climate change, and responsible use of additives. All of these have been integrated into our VinylPlus® Product Label.

As a united industry, we have made real progress through our VinylPlus Voluntary Commitment to increase the sustainability performance of PVC. VinylPlus continues to invest in, facilitate and transform the recycling of PVC in line with Europe’s circular economy strategy.”

Brigitte Dero added: “I’m also very pleased to announce that, starting from this year, our VinylPlus Sustainability Forum will be a carbon-neutral event. VinylPlus has joined the Climate Neutral Now initiative ( launched by the UN Climate Change Secretariat, committing to measuring, reducing and offsetting the greenhouse gas emissions associated with our yearly event.”

PVC products’ contribution to a sustainable future were covered by Frans Alferink, Product Manager Civils at Wavin T&I with a look at the material’s role in supplying quality water piping.

Justin Zeulner, Executive Director of the Green Sports Alliance, delivered insights into how the sports industry is seeking to address its environmental impacts with examples of stadiums’ good practice and responsible industries’ partnerships with the sports movement.

Madrid’s striking Santiago Bernabéu Stadium hosted the concluding presentation on PVC’s architectural applications in sports facilities and stadia by Lars Meess-Olsohn. Following this, Josef Ertl presented trophies to the first four PVC window profile manufacturers – Epwin Window Systems, Rehau, Schüco and Veka – being awarded the VinylPlus® Product Label certification.

Reflecting on the Forum, Josef Ertl concluded: “Today plastics are facing turbulent, yet exciting times: times of changes, times of new challenges and times of opportunities. Now more than ever our industry must show the great contribution of its experience and progress to the well-being of society and in meeting societal needs worldwide.

We are proud to have created for the construction industry our VinylPlus® Product Label, which has demanding criteria, transparency and external verification, that will be one more contribution in enhancing sustainability and credibility of PVC and PVC products.” 

VinylPlus is the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry. The programme establishes a long-term framework for the sustainable development of the PVC industry by tackling a number of critical challenges in the EU-28, Norway and Switzerland.

For more information on VinylPlus achievements in 2017, check our Progress Report 2018 at


VinylPlus: 639.648 Tonnen recyceltes PVC in 2017 registriert

Im Rahmen des VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum in der vergangenen Woche in Madrid hat VinylPlus Geschäftsführerin Brigitte Dero die aktuellen Fortschritte beim Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm der europäischen PVC-Branche bekannt gegeben. Unter anderem wurden demnach 2017 insgesamt 639.648 Tonnen recyceltes PVC registriert, fast 80 Prozent des angestrebten Ziels von 800.000 Tonnen für 2020.

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Register now: VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 in Madrid

In a good two weeks, on 16 and 17 May 2018, the VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum (VSF) will take place in Madrid under the motto „Meeting Societal Needs“. Here you have the opportunity to discuss with decision-makers from politics, the media, industry and NGOs what an important contribution PVC already makes to sustainable development today and can still make in the future. Among other things, the focus is on the role of vinyl in the European Circular Economy Package and the resource and energy efficiency of PVC products.

In addition to presentations on the PVC situation in emerging economies such as India and South Africa, panel discussions will also focus on the political framework conditions and incentives for achieving the sustainability targets.

AGPU Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann will also attend the event and is looking forward to the active participation of the member companies. The event programme can be downloaded from the VinylPlus website. If you are interested, you can register there directly.

KBD: New advertorial on sustainable construction

In the current April issue of Kommunaler Beschaffungsdienst (KBD), the AGPU has published an advertorial (including title page) on the topics of sustainable construction and resource and energy efficiency as part of the VinylPlus communication project on green public procurement. The magazine is aimed in particular at decision-makers in municipal administrations and companies.

The AGPU has already published several advertorials in the past years and also had produced special editions. These are used for specific target groups and can be used by AGPU member companies for trade fairs and customer events, for example.

Presentation of VinylPlus Product Label for PVC window systems

At the FENSTERBAU FRONTALE in Nuremberg, the VinylPlus® Product Label was presented as the new sustainability label for PVC window systems. The product label was developed by VinylPlus in cooperation with the established organisations Building Research Establishment (BRE) and the NGO The Natural Step (TNS). The first four companies, which had successfully verified the high requirements in external audits, were presented with the certificates. In addition to AGPU member companies Schüco and VEKA, REHAU and Epwin are also among these first certified window system manufactures.

Further information on the product label can be found at

Programme of the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 announced

The programme of the VinylPlus® Sustainability Forum 2018 from 16th to 17th May 2018 in Madrid has been published and is available for download on the VinylPlus website where registration is now open. As national partner of VinylPlus, AGPU sent out an invitation to its member companies and Managing Director Thomas Hülsmann will also attend the event. He is looking forward to the active participation of AGPU member companies at this “not to be missed” sustainability forum.

VinylPlus Product Label für Kunststofffenstersysteme vorgestellt

Anlässlich der FENSTERBAU FRONTALE in Nürnberg wurde mit dem VinylPlus® Product Label auch erstmals das neue Nachhaltigkeitszeichen für Kunststofffenstersysteme vorgestellt. Das Produktlabel wurde von VinylPlus in Zusammenarbeit mit den anerkannten Organisationen Building Research Establishment (BRE) und The Natural Step (TNS) entwickelt. Den ersten vier Unternehmen, die die hohen Anforderungen in externen Audits erfolgreich bestätigt hatten, konnten auf der Messe die Urkunden überreicht werden. Neben den AGPU-Mitgliedsunternehmen Schüco und VEKA gehören auch REHAU und Epwin zu diesen ersten ausgezeichneten Fenstersystemhäusern.

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Prowindo Pressekonferenz: „Das Fenster zur Zukunft: Leistungsbilanz und Herausforderungen“

Qualität sichern und die Umwelt schützen: So lauteten die Kernthemen auf der heutigen Prowindo Pressekonferenz. Diese fand anlässlich der Leitmesse Fensterbau Frontale in Nürnberg statt. Die sechs Mitglieder der „Allianz für das Kunststofffenster“ stellten in ihren Vorträgen Lösungen vor, um aktuelle und künftige Herausforderungen zu bewältigen. Dazu gehören beispielsweise das Erreichen von Klimaschutzzielen und neue Anforderungen an Material und Design.

Klimaschutzziele erreichen – Herausforderung an die Wertschöpfungskette

„Die AGPU ist nationaler Partner von VinylPlus®, dem Nachhaltigkeitsprogramm der europäischen PVC-Branche. Wir engagieren uns seit 30 Jahren mit unseren Mitgliedsunternehmen entlang der Wertschöpfungskette für den zukunftsfähigen Werkstoff. Mit ihren innovativen Produkten ist die PVC-Branche beim Thema Nachhaltigkeit bereits gut aufgestellt“, betonte Thomas Hülsmann, Geschäftsführer der Arbeitsgemeinschaft PVC und Umwelt e.V. (AGPU). „Um die gesteckten Klimaziele 2050 zu erreichen, müssen die Herausforderungen allerdings noch zielgerichteter angegangen werden. Das schließt insbesondere auch politische Rahmenbedingungen im Bausektor mit ein.“

Initiativen für Markt, Nachwuchs und Umwelt

Um das Wachstum der Kunststoffverarbeitung langfristig zu sichern, sind zahlreiche Maßnahmen nötig. Einige davon stellte Ralf Olsen, Hauptgeschäftsführer des pro-K Industrieverbandes Halbzeuge und Konsumprodukte e.V., vor: „Vorrangig geht es um die Beobachtung und Analyse des Fenster- und Türenmarktes sowie um die Chancen und Herausforderungen der energetischen Gebäudesanierung.“ Auch sei es notwendig, die Fachkräftebasis zu sichern und das Umweltprofil der Branche weiter zu schärfen.

Kunststofffenster-Recycling – Best Practice entlang der Wertschöpfungskette

„Die Recyclingmenge bei Altfenstern ist 2017 um 8,2 % auf 32.161 Tonnen gestiegen“, betonte Michael Vetter, Geschäftsführer der Rewindo GmbH. Damit liegt die Recyclingquote in Deutschland bei fast 89 %. Einen großen Anteil daran haben unsere Recycling- und Logistikpartner. „In Zukunft richten wir die Rewindo Premium-Partnerschaft auf die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette aus, um neben dem Fensterbau beispielsweise auch Abbruchunternehmen, die Glas- und Beschlagindustrie und die Wohnungswirtschaft einzubeziehen.“

Qualität und Umwelt – Mehrwert nach innen und außen

Gerald Feigenbutz, Geschäftsführer des Qualitätsverbandes Kunststofferzeugnisse e.V. (QKE) und European PVC Window Profile and related Building Products Association (EPPA ivzw) hob die Weiterentwicklung der Kommunikationspolitik hervor: „Unsere Zielgruppen sprechen wir gezielt an: Für Systemhersteller haben wir Produktdeklarationen, VOC- und Gebäude-Studien herausgegeben. Regelmäßig erscheinende Leitfäden informieren die Verarbeiter zum Umgang mit Prozessen und Produkten. Und in unseren Themenheften erfahren Verbraucher, was beim Kunststofffensterkauf wichtig ist.“

Qualitätssicherung für Kunststofffensterprofile im Wandel der Anforderungen

Seit Jahrzehnten unterstützt das SKZ – Das Kunststoff-Zentrum die Branche bei der Sicherstellung des Qualitätsniveaus von Kunststofffenstersystemen: „In einem unserer Forschungsprojekte werden Verfahren zur lösungsmittelfreien Folienkaschierung von Fensterprofilen entwickelt“, berichtete Dr.-Ing. Gerald Aengenheyster, Geschäftsführer Testing im SKZ. „Daneben haben wir zusammen mit der Gütegemeinschaft Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme ein Monitoring zum Einhalten von Grenzwerten für kritische Inhaltsstoffe in Rezyklaten begonnen.“

Als Moderator durch die Veranstaltung führte der ehemalige Geschäftsführer der Schüco Polymer Technologies KG und derzeitiger Rewindo Beiratssprecher Helmut Marzahn.

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