The Commission is expected to publish its 5th horizontal study on the environmental consequences of PVC later this week.
The Commission is expected to publish its 5th horizontal study on the environmental consequences of PVC later this week. On the basis of this research, the EU's executive might consider tough legislation on the production and use of these materials. The Commission will probably publish a Green Paper on the issue this summer.
Brussels has been under pressure from environmental groups such as Greenpeace to take action against PVCs. The environmental movement says that over the next 20 years, the amount of PVC waste would increase with some 80% and that recycling will not solve the problem.
The European Council of Vinyl Manufacturers (ECVM), which represents the European plastics industries, is opposed to binding legislation and would like to solve the problem through voluntary agreements with industry. In June 2000, the PVC industry signed up to a voluntary 10-year programme to reduce PVC waste.