Life Cycle Assessment of PVC and of principal competing materials
The overall goal of the study was to compile an overview of the publicly available information on Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) on PVC and competing materials, for a variety of applications, in order to assess existing information and to identify information gaps.
LCA comparisons should be undertaken at application level rather than at material level. Depending on the kind of product, the environmental impact during use or after end-of-life can be even more important than the environmental impact of material production (e.g. fuel saving light-weight parts in automotive applications or use phase effects of the cleaning of flooring materials).