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Following extensive consultation with stakeholders, the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA) has launched its updated ‘Best Environmental Practice PVC (BEP) v 2.0’ verification scheme for PVC products with the VCA taking on full responsibility for ongoing development, management, and administration of the updated BEP scheme.

Originally launched in 2010, the BEP scheme remains the most stringent criteria and guidelines for manufacturing PVC with participants required to meet conditions including VCM emissions targets, voluntary restrictions of additive use and stewardship requirements for end of first use of PVC products in Australia. Under the updated BEP scheme, products that are independently verified as being fully compliant with all core and one or more optional scheme guidelines are eligible to be issued with a Best Environmental Practice PVC Licence Mark by the VCA, and included in the online product register to indicate to procurers and specifiers that the BEP PVC manufacturing guidelines have been met.

While the original BEP scheme was only applicable to PVC products used in the building and construction sector, the updated BEP accreditation is available to all complying PVC products across the full spectrum of PVC applications.

Following the launch of the updated scheme, it is important to note that there will be a transition period as current BEP accreditation will continue to be valid until the existing verification expiry. The updated BEP guidelines will become mandatory from 1st September 2023 onwards when companies seek renewal of their BEP accreditation, however the VCA encourages all companies undergoing the auditing process prior to this date to elect to be audited against the updated guidelines.

“The BEP 2.0 product certification scheme continues to reflect ongoing best practice in PVC manufacturing through the core guidelines, while also reflecting societal expectations for increased focus on the environmental and social impacts of products and materials through the addition of optional criteria,” said VCA CEO Jim Coulston.

The VCA has worked closely with the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) to ensure that the updated BEP scheme is recognised under the GBCA’s Responsible Products Framework, which seeks to drive the supply chain to deliver transparent, healthy, low-impact products that are part of a circular economy.

To learn more about the guidelines and audit requirements involved in gaining BEP verification, please click here.

Prospective authors are invited to submit abstracts of up to 300 words for consideration for the program for the IOM3's PVC 2024 conference, up until the extended deadline of 31st May 2023. The abstract must provide sufficient information for a fair assessment including the objective of the paper, the methodology used and the conclusions or results of the work. The abstract must be written in English.

Find out more and submit your abstract by clicking here.

The PVC 2024 conference continues to build on its reputation as the leading global conference, delivering a comprehensive, varied and programme of excellent international speakers and exceptional networking opportunities.

Previous delegates describe their experience at the PVC Conference as well organised and enjoyable, providing an excellent opportunity to network, meeting established and new contacts, plus providing a great opportunity to update their knowledge of the latest developments in the industry.

Over 35% of delegates include Senior Management Team Members (including CEOs, Directors, Vice Presidents and senior managers, e.g. function heads and technical specialists), with a further 41% in other management roles.

Dr Jason Leadbitter, CEnv, FIMMM, PVC 2024 Chair – ‘PVC 2024 returns to Edinburgh for the first time as an in-person event in April 2024, some seven years since our last physical meeting. Whilst the vinyl industry continues to be challenged by our European regulators, the PVC industry continues to be a beacon of light and an exemplar in walking the talk from a sustainability perspective. Indeed PVC 2024's theme 'A Roadmap to a Sustainable Future' will demonstrate over this three day event, just how far the global PVC industry has transitioned on its path towards full sustainability'.