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Codes of Conduct for Vacuum Insulation Panels (VIPs)

These Codes of Conduct are launched in the context of the circular economy, regular bilateral discussions between producers and recyclers over the last years. The signatory is open to all interested parties and not just APPLiA members.

Arçelik, BSH, Candy, Electrolux, LG, Liebherr, Miele, Panasonic, Samsung, Vestel, Whirlpool and ZUG Kühltechnik, as of January 2019, the home appliance industry in Europe starts using marking for VIPs technology. 

The identification will be placed on the back of refrigerators containing VIPs and will be providing key information on critical materials in products. The markings will better enable the visual identification for sorting of certain types of large appliances for proper treatment, forward indications of future needs of recycling technologies and the appropriate safety and security of the recycling plants and workers.

The Code of Conduct for Vacuum Insulation Panels is following the Association's study on the recycling of cooling and freezing appliances containing the new technology. The study, that was carried out in 2013-2014, assesses how vacuum insulation panels influence recycling processes. The use of these panels has gradually increased since 2010 due to their better insulation performance compared with PU-foam. VIPs can be found in new C&F appliances of energy class A++ and A+++. Currently low quantities of these types of C&F appliances are arriving at recycling plants but the production is increasing and it is expected that this amount will increase in the coming years.

For any additional information, contact korrina.hegarty@applia-europe.eu