Chlorine and Building Materials

Healthy Building Network, July 2018

A Global Inventory of Production Technologies, Markets, and Pollution – Phase 1: Africa, The Americas,
and Europe

There is extensive interest in the building industry in the manufacture and use of chlorine, the key ingredient in the polyvinyl chloride (PVC) supply chain. A necessary first step in reducing the environmental health impacts of chlorine in the supply chain of PVC and other chlorine-based products is to create a public global inventory of chlorine and vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) producers, and associated documented pollution. This report, Phase 1 of HBN’s global inventory, covers the 86 largest chlor-alkali plants and 56 largest PVC plants in the Western Hemisphere, Africa, and Europe. It analyzes chlorine markets with an emphasis on the PVC supply chain, chlorine production technologies, and pollution associated with the production of chlorine and chlorine-based products.”

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