A record 20 Signatory companies have achieved Excellence status under the Australian PVC Stewardship Program by demonstrating full compliance with key environmental objectives applicable to their businesses.
Launched in 2002, the Vinyl Council of Australia’s voluntary program commits participants to strive for continuous improvement in environmental and health outcomes by meeting a series of challenging targets and standards related to the life cycle of PVC products.
Progress reported by 45 Signatories towards greater sustainability throughout 2018 is summarised in the latest PVC Stewardship Program annual report. Of these, Baerlocher (M) SND BHD and Brenntag Australia have made the most outstanding improvement.
To achieve Excellence status, Signatories must comply with a set of stringent criteria that also requires them to question their suppliers’ as well as their own performance. This covers safe and sustainable use of additives; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, resource efficiency, best practice manufacturing, and transparency and engagement.
Acknowledging the successful efforts of the 2018 Excellence in PVC Stewardship award winners, Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia said: “We’re delighted that a record number of Signatories have achieved Excellence; it’s the most since we implemented the program and in an environment where we are continually raising the bar for Excellence.
“It is also great to see year on year growth in the number of organisations joining the program, which is an indicator of its value to the industry and its position in the marketplace.”
Sophi highlighted how the success of the Vinyl Council’s program can be measured by an increased number of Signatories (84% in 2018, compared to 68% in 2017) who have embedded its environmental commitments into their respective business management systems.
“This speaks to a cultural change in the sector whereby product stewardship sits at the heart of good business practice,” she added.
Recycling figures continue their upward trend under the program’s goal to drive greater recovery of end-of-life PVC and uptake of recycled PVC content. In 2018, 719,336 kilograms of locally sourced PVC recyclate was used by Signatories in new goods, up from 633,392 kilograms in 2017 and 365,609 in 2016.
The Council’s PVC Circularity Taskforce is further strengthening the industry’s push for enhanced sustainability. Made up of industry and government representatives, the Taskforce provides leadership and guidance on enhancing recycling and recovery of PVC in Australia along circular economy principles.
Initiatives pursued by the Vinyl Council that support its overall vision include the VersrTile project, funded by industry and a $20,000 grant via the Melbourne Metropolitan Waste and Resource Recovery Group. The project identified a potential reuse for waste billboard skins in durable prototype roof tiles, without the need to separate the polyester fibre from the vinyl.
In the healthcare sector, the successful PVC Recycling in Hospitals Program continues to grow with more than 175 hospitals collecting up to 15 tonnes of medical grade PVC waste per month for recycling into new products, such as garden hose and outdoor playground matting.
Registration is now open for the much anticipated PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons to take place at Surfers Paradise Queensland, 26-28 May 2020.
PVC AUS is the only conference that brings together Australasia’s vinyl value chain to meet, educate and innovate. Building on the success of PVC AUS 2016 and 2018, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons will have content-rich, technical and commercial presentation streams as well as plenary sessions and plenty of networking and conversation time.
With experts in PVC manufacturing, product development and markets supported by world-renowned companies as sponsors and exhibitors, this event will explore future trends and opportunities for the industry in the region.
Opening with what promises to be a sociable night at Topgolf Gold Coast and with a spectacular conference dinner and entertainment at Skypoint at the end of Day One, PVC AUS 2020 provides plenty of opportunity to reach, network with and influence key decision-makers within the industry.
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Global vinyl industry partnerships are driving progress in the sustainability of the Australian PVC industry, resulting in the creation of successful initiatives such as best practice manufacturing, product stewardship and recycling.
Sophi MacMillan, Chief Executive of the Vinyl Council of Australia and a member of the Global Vinyl Council, believes that partnership is ‘absolutely integral to the work that we do as an association focused on sustainable development of the industry’.
During a panel discussion at the recent VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019 held in Prague, Czech Republic, Sophi emphasised the importance of partnerships for sharing knowledge, experience and strategies with experts from all the regions of the vinyl world.
“Attending the Global Vinyl Council meeting and the European Vinyl Sustainability Forum provides a great opportunity to build connections across the industry beyond Australia and our region. For the Australian vinyl industry, which is a small market, partnerships have been essential to us to move forward, to be able to tap into the knowledge of people, particularly in Europe and the US.
“It’s these connections that help us to develop our voluntary, industry PVC Stewardship Program and our initiatives around recycling, as well as sharing ideas and best practice.”
The Vinyl Sustainability Forum, organised by VinylPlus, the voluntary sustainable development commitment of the European PVC industry, attracted more than 170 participants from 32 countries to share further progress towards advancing the sustainability of the industry and its products.
Sophi continued: “Europe’s VinylPlus program is a leader in striving towards sustainable goals across the whole vinyl industry supply chain. Here at the Vinyl Council of Australia we follow in their footsteps with our own PVC Stewardship Program that has driven continual improvement in the vinyl industry for 17 years. We see stewardship as being a shared responsibility, so it is about working with, not just industry members, but also stakeholders - particularly government and NGOs - and trying to establish constructive partnerships.
“It’s about being aware of different epistemologies – different ways of knowing – which can help us to remove blinkers, to understand and characterise issues and develop paths to address them.”
Nowhere is this more important than in addressing the need for the industry to engage in the circular economy. Sophi highlighted their successful PVC Recycling in Hospitals Program, which now has 175 hospitals across Australia and New Zealand participating in the collection of PVC medical products for recycling back into new products, and through collaboration, is being implemented in other countries such as South Africa, the UK and Thailand.
In Australia, partnering with medical devices manufacturer Baxter Healthcare, PVC recyclers, medical waste collection companies, state governments and health authorities has been essential to developing and successfully delivering the program.
Sophi added: “Collaboration with the nurses and midwives’ union has also been very helpful in terms of finding pathways to engage nursing staff and to develop training on which medical products are recyclable under the program.”
A further example was given of the Council’s partnerships with academia such as Monash University and manufacturers in the development of product concepts for vinyl recyclate.
The Vinyl Council would like to see such wider collaboration form between stakeholders, particularly end-user brands, in the broader plastics packaging space.
“By working together, we have more knowledge, more ideas and are better equipped to find solutions to seemingly intractable problems.”
We are excited to announce sponsorship opportunities for our biennial conference, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons, taking place in Surfers Paradise, Queensland from 26 to 28 May 2020.
Building on the success of the two previous PVC AUS conferences held in 2016 and 2018, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons will bring together the vinyl value chain from across the region t discuss topics such as the circular economy, innovation, market opportunities and technical and sustainable industry development.
Over A$1 billion of raw materials are consumed by Australia’s PVC manufacturing industry annually and over A$3 billion of products containing PVC are sold in Australia. The ANZ vinyl industry is seen as progressive and innovative and highly connected to Asia Pacific supply chains.
Over two days, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons will have content-rich plenary sessions, technical presentations, panel discussions and table top exhibitions, together with plenty of networking and conversation time including:
This event will provide an exceptional opportunity to reach, network with and influence key decision makers in the industry.
A range of a packages is available to suit companies large and small. Download the Sponsorship Prospectus for further information.
Uptake of packages is on a first-come, first-served basis so complete your expression of interest early so as not to miss out! (2018 sold out very fast!)
Be a speaker at next year's national conference, PVC AUS 2020: Shared Horizons.
Taking place between 26-28 May 2020 at the Hilton, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, PVC AUS 2020 will gather leaders in the PVC value chain from Australia, New Zealand and the Asia Pacific region to share industry trends and developments specific to the manufacturing, use and re-use of vinyl in this region.
The conference will feature technical and case study presentations focused on regional collaboration and opportunities for innovation and PVC solutions for a sustainable, resilient society and circular economy. It provide participants with valuable insights on emerging challenges and directions for the regional markets.
Our speakers can expect to:
• Connect with business leaders in the fast-growing Asia Pacific PVC industry
• Influence industry development
• Learn about emerging technologies and product innovation in this region.
Be part of this event by presenting a paper. Abstracts for presentations are now being accepted for the following conference themes:
• New products, materials and additives
• Manufacturing technology and technical advances
• Market trends and opportunities for industry
• Demonstrating sustainability and responsible manufacturing & supply chains
• Case studies on Best Practice PVC and product stewardship
• The circular economy for PVC
• Regulatory developments shaping the industry
Presentations may take the form of papers with one or more speakers, panel discussions, or other formats. Papers must be original, featuring new or updated work that has not been presented (or scheduled for presentation) elsewhere.
Share things you have seen and done, lessons you have learned, problems you have solved in a way you can engage the audience and foster discussion. If you have an idea for who you would like to see participate in an interesting panel session, let us know!
How to register your interest
NOTE: The invitation to submit an abstract or deliver a paper does not constitute an offer to pay presenter fees, travel or accommodation costs associated with PVC AUS 2020. However, successful applicants will receive discounted attendance to the conference, associated networking functions and conference documentation.
Opportunities to Sponsor
We will have a great range of sponsorship opportunities available at PVC AUS 2020, starting from $500. If your company is interested in being a sponsor to this event to tap into additional benefits of participating, please contact us to request package details:
The globally reknowned, triennial UK PVC technical conference is preparing its 14th edition to take place on 20-23 April 2020 in Edinburgh and has called for abstracts.
The organising committee - volunteers from the global PVC community - are ready to receive offers of papers until the 1 June 2019.
PVC 2020 continues to build on its reputation as a world-leading conference series, delivering a comprehensive and varied programme of international speakers, high-quality papers and exceptional networking opportunities.
The exciting move of this conference from its historic Brighton base to Edinburgh heralds a new chapter for this respected series, which in 2017 attracted over 530 delegates spanning 42 countries across 6 continents. PVC2020 in Edinburgh is expected to be bigger and better than before.
The committee is looking for abstracts on the following topics:
Abstracts (of up to 300 words) for consideration for the programme should be submitted online by 1 June 2019. Full details and online submission is available on the event website.
Companies with a more commercial story to tell can take advantage of the exhibition opportunities at the event. The exhibition floor plan has just been released.