The VinylPlus® Product Label is a European-wide sustainability certification scheme for PVC building and construction products, making it simpler for customers, specifiers and markets to identify products delivering the highest sustainability performance and contribution to the Circular Economy. It was developed by VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, in collaboration with the Building Research Establishment (BRE) and The Natural Step (TNS).
Originally launched for window profiles, the VinylPlus® Product Label is now open to any PVC product or product family meeting the definition of the EU Construction Products Regulation. The label is awarded to VinylPlus partners whose overall policy and performance, as well as component materials used for products, fulfil eight key sustainability requirement categories. The requirements include responsible sourcing of PVC resin and additives, controlled loop management and recycling, as well as sustainable energy policies, organisational and supply chain management requirements.
“Our key objective with the VinylPlus® Product Label is to help companies promote their products for their superior performance and their contribution to sustainability and a circular economy, thus embodying the spirit of the VinylPlus programme,” comments Brigitte Dero, VinylPlus General Manager.
“Gaining the label enables businesses to set themselves apart and makes it easy for buyers and specifiers to identify their PVC products based on sustainability performance,” continued Brigitte Dero.
There are benefits for the PVC industry too, as the scheme is also designed to stimulate continuous progress in areas such as energy efficiency, new product innovation and raising sustainability awareness.
To date, eight profile manufacturers – Deceuninck, Epwin Window Systems, Internorm, Rehau, Schüco, Veka, Finstral and Salamander – were awarded the VinylPlus® Product Label. The Product Label currently covers 43 profile systems, manufactured at 13 European sites – an impressive feat as the Label was launched in 2018.
Good news have also recently come from Italy, where Accredia, the sole Italian accreditation body appointed by the government, recently accredited version 1.2 of the Label Scheme as a ISO compliant product certification scheme. This makes Italy the first European country to allow applications to be certified by ISO 17065 certification bodies specifically accredited for the scheme. A certificate issued by an accredited certification body further enhances the credibility of the VinylPlus® Product Label towards public and private procurers.
To find out about which products have been labelled, please visit the Product Label website.
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