European Parliament wants tough restrictions on PVC

Members of European Parliament vote for stricter rules on use of PVC

In its debate, the European Parliament called among others
for the following
measures:

  • separate waste collection of PVC products,
  • phasing-out of cadmium and lead-based stabilisers (without
    setting a specific deadline),
  • a strategy for the introduction of substitution policies,
  • life-cycle analysis of PVC products,
  • alternatives to the use of plasticisers based on the results of
    risk assessment,
  • compulsary marking of PVC products.

 

In a first reaction,
European PVC resin producers and their industry
partners
underlined that the adopted resolution is "not
consistent with findings from the European Commission Green Paper
on PVC published in July last year following three years of
investigation". On the other hand, they welcomed the fact that the
Parliament expressed its support for the Voluntary Commitment
initiatives of the PVC Industry in delivering improved product
stewardship.

Pointing to the
Voluntary Commitment progress report published
last week, the industry said that "achievements by the industry
over the past year demonstrate that it is successfully delivering
responsible PVC product and waste management, with further
improvements set to come over the next 10 years".

Environmental groups are satisfied with the
Parliament's tough stance.
Greenpeace said that the European Parliament
"recognised the dangers associated with PVC production, use and
disposal and voted in the interests of the environment and public
health". Greenpeace is fighting an intensive campaign to stop the
use of PVC. "There is now only one way forward: PVC has got to go,"
said Greenpeace campaigner, Maureen Penjueli.

The
Green/EFA Group in the European Parliament also
welcomed the Parliaments' resolution. According to Paul Lannoye,
co-President of the Green/EFA Group, "the resolution from the
European Parliament leaves no doubt that PVC is doomed and that
industrial users as well as consumers are well advised to shift to
alternatives".

 

Members of the European Parliament voted on Tuesday 3 April
for stricter rules on the use of PVC. The MEPs were being consulted
on the Commission's Green Paper on environmental issues of PVC
published in July 2000. (see
EURACTIV 27 July
2000
).

 

The Commission is expected to finalise its legislative
options for its future PVC policy in a Communication to be
published in July 2001.

 

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