MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA (June 1, 12:25 p.m. ET) — Australia's PVC industry has almost totally eliminated its use of lead compound-based stabilizers in PVC products.
The 2011 PVC Product Stewardship Program Progress report, released in May, shows the industry reduced its usage by 99 percent since 2002, when it first introduced a program aimed at decreasing PVC's environmental and health impacts.
The report said the industry is meeting its industry-wide targets and continues to make progress to address the PVC lifecycle.
Australia's PVC industry voluntarily introduced the program in 2002. The program considers environmental and health impacts associated with PVC production, use and disposal. About 80 percent of Australia's vinyl manufacturing sector, plus key raw material and additive suppliers and several PVC product importers, are signatories.
Melbourne-based Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA), established in June 1998, administers the program.
Eleven of the 31 signatories achieved full compliance with all commitments in 2011. One signatory was de-listed during the year for failing to report, and six new signatory companies joined the program.
VCA chief executive Sophi MacMillan said the industry's manufacturing commitments have been extended to include additional emission standards for PVC emulsion resin. Also, an energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions charter developed in 2011 is now included.