Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) 

Our Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC) is a series of achievable commitments to address our industry’s environmental issues.  SAVA will assist members, relevant authorities and experts to understand, characterise and address product stewardship issues associated with the life cycle of PVC products.

Members are also requested to inform SAVA about any significant environmental or health safety issues in connection with the manufacture, use or disposal of PVC products.

The SAVA PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP COMMITMENT is organised into the following four focus areas:

  1. Sustainable manufacturing

  2. Sustainable use of additives

  3. Closed-loop management

  4. Sustainability awareness

 

SUSTAINABLE MANUFACTURING

SAVA members are committed to achieve the following targets in relation to the manufacturing of all PVC products:

  • Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM)
    • Total VCM emission from PVC production processes less than 250g/mt for S-PVC and E-PVC
    • VCM content in final PVC regular product application less than 5g/mt for S-PVC
    • VCM content in final PVC regular product application less than 10g/mt for E-PVC
    • VCM content in final PVC product for food and medical application less than 1g/mt for S-PVC
    • VCM content in final PVC product for food and medical application less than 1g/mt for E-PVC
  • Mercury - Mercury-free PVC production processes in all local and imported PVC and compounds
 

SUSTAINABLE USE OF ADDITIVES

SAVA members are committed to moving towards more sustainable additive systems with specific reference to:

  • Chlorinated Paraffin:  SAVA members are committed to the complete phase-out of the use of short-chain chlorinated paraffin in the manufacture of PVC-based products 
  • Lead stabilisers and compounds: Lead-free stabilisers and additives to be used in all PVC products
  • Cadmium containing ingredients: Cadmium-free stabilisers and additives to be used in all PVC products
  • Hexavalent chromium containing ingredients: Hexavalent Chromium free additives and pigments to be used in all PVC products
  • Bisphenol A: All PVC products to be Bisphenol A free 
  • Low-Molecular Weight Phthalate plasticisers: Restrict the use of DEHP and DOP in high human contact applications, such as toys, medical devices excluding blood bags, footwear, gloves and apparel, shower curtains, flooring, table cloths, domestic flexible hose
 

CLOSED LOOP MANAGEMENT

Recycling:
  • Increase the re-cycling of post-consumer PVC-P to 15000 mt per annum
  • Increase the re-cycling of post-consumer PVC-U to 10000 mt per annum
  • Address the issue of legacy additives
 

SUSTAINABILITY AWARENESS

SAVA and its members are committed to building sustainability awareness across the value chain in order to address our sustainability challenges.