Sustainability Documents

Sustainability documents

Sustainability charter

The CEPE Sustainability Charter encompasses the principles on people, planet and prosperity that the paint, ink and artists colours industry will respect when it concerns Sustainable Development - EN / DE / PT

Communication of environmental claims

This document contains guidelines to follow when making self-declared claims, and is CEPE’s work against “green washing”. Both a short and a long version are available.

Sustainability Glossary

This document contains definitions of most used sustainability terms - EN / PT

Brochure Ecofootprint tool

CEPE LCI database ecofootprint tool - this tool is meant to enable CEPE members to calculate environmental impacts of paints - EN

External links to sustainability studies of paint

IBU EPDs (link) – search for “VdL” in the manufacturer field.

INIES EPDs (link – Microsoft Silverlight needed)– famille de produits: Revêtement des sols et murs / peintures / produits de decoration.

Environdec EPDs (link) – see “EPDs based on this PCR” at the bottom of the page

Contact CEPE ( to request access to Ecofootprints of typical paint formulations.

Zero VOC Claims for the Decorative Coatings

With the increasing concerns for the environment and the implementation of the Deco paint directive, the paint producers tend to compete for the lowest VOC content in their products - EN

Single Market for Green Products

Industry associations, such as AIM (Brands), FoodDrink Europe, AISE (Detergents), Cosmetics Europe, CEPE are supportive of a common EU product and organization environmental footprinting methodology based on life cycle analysis to preserve the Single Market and drive sustainability progress. The pilot phase should make sure that the objectives can be met through adequate, resource efficient, and consumer relevant tools, securing also its international relevance and not undermining the competitiveness of the EU industry - EN

Dutch Associations VVVF & FOSAG Agreement on sustainable Maintenance in the Paint Industry

In order to ensure proper maintenance of painted structures, VVVF and FOSAG wish to go one step further and agree on sustainable maintenance - EN

Press release: Sustainability of vehicle refinshing coatings now measurable (14 July 2014)

VVVF and FOCWA launch the "Sustainability Analysis" tool

Press release (NL)

Press release (EN)

Statement of Intent (NL)

Sustainability Analysis of repairing process (NL)