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“I am honoured to take the lead of the Euro Chlor Secretariat, which has undergone many changes over the past 12 months and is really gearing up for the future.”

Marleen Pauwels, Executive Director

Changes at the secretariat

This past year the Euro Chlor Secretariat has undergone many changes – a new Executive Director and three new colleagues, the move to a brand new Cefic office on the 10th floor of rue Belliard 40 in the heart of the EU district, new Management Committee members, updated membership categories and new IT systems and tools.

Marleen Pauwels, previously Science & Regulatory Affairs Director, succeeded Dolf van Wijk as Executive Director at the end of 2018 when he retired. Marleen joined Euro Chlor as Science Manager in 2011 and had been Science & Regulatory Affairs Director since September 2016.

Dolf van Wijk, meanwhile, joined Euro Chlor in 2001 and was Executive Director since July 2015. Dolf started as Science Manager and served as Science and Regulatory Affairs Director since 2010 before becoming Executive Director. Click here for more details.

Early in 2019, Angelica Candido joined Euro Chlor as Sector Group Manager for the European Chlorinated Solvents Association (ECSA), Kristof May as Regulatory Affairs Manager and Assumpta Tabaro as Management Assistant.  Click here for more details about Angelica and here for more details about Kristof and Assumpta.


Regulatory Affairs Manager


ECSA Manager


Management Assistant

Euro Chlor assumes Secretariat of the World Chlorine Council

Euro Chlor has taken over the Secretariat of the World Chlorine Council (WCC) as of 1 January 2019 and will lead the operations of this global network representing the chlorine and chlorinated products industries for the coming two years. Click here for more details.

Our downstream stakeholders

VinylPlus® confirms leadership in the Circular Economy

During this year of hugely increased public, political and regulatory pressure on plastics, VinylPlus has successfully illustrated what can be achieved by voluntary actions with concrete targets, supported by the full commitment of an entire value chain.

Read the highlights under the three headings below:

Policy progress

Following the publication of the EU action plan for the Circular Economy in December 2015 and the European Commission (EC) Communications on the Plastics Strategy and the Chemical, Product and Waste Interface early in 2018, the policy focus moved to the actions and measures required to make these strategic visions work. The most relevant ones for VinylPlus were the public consultation on the interface between product and waste legislation, and the EC’s request for voluntary recycling pledges by industry.

VinylPlus of course responded to the interface consultation, but also made strenuous efforts to explain its views to other industry sectors less involved or experienced in recycling. More generally, in this year of great uncertainty for the plastic industry, companies and organisations outside the PVC sector, even outside the plastic industry, repeatedly asked VinylPlus to share knowledge and give advice on possible actions and success factors.

The EC’s request for voluntary pledges is in many ways a recognition of the VinylPlus.value chain approach and of trailblazing efforts and achievements. In 2018, VinylPlus increased the volume of recycled PVC to nearly 740,000 tonnes – up by 15.6% from 2017. Cumulatively, almost 5 million tonnes of PVC have been recycled since 2000. Obviously VinylPlus could not afford to disappoint and responded early on with commitments to ensure the use of a minimum of 900,000 tonnes of recyclate in new products by 2025, and a minimum of one million tonnes by 2030. These commitments represented 10% of the amount expected by the EC and were very well received. They also constituted a first step in the post-2020 strategy of the PVC industry, which will be further fleshed out in 2019.

Product Label

Another major achievement in 2018 was the official launch of the VinylPlus® Product Label, a 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. To date, eight profile manufacturers have been awarded this Product Label for 43 profile systems manufactured in 13 European sites across 11 countries and this was celebrated during an award ceremony at the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019 in May.

Events and report
This year’s Sustainability Forum featured the theme of ‘Accelerating Innovation’ and examined the challenges and opportunities presented by innovation in shaping the PVC industry’s future in the context of the circular economy. The event attracted more than 170 stakeholders from 32 countries, representing the EC, European Parliament, United Nations, NGOs, academia, specifiers, designers, recyclers and the PVC value chain. The 2019 Progress Report summarises VinylPlus achievements in 2018. Also contact



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