Sustainable Chemistry How to Transform Chemical Industry
Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: To meet the needs of a growing population in a world of scarce resources and growing environmental problems chemistry has to reinvent itself to become a key solution provider for a sustainable future. The emerging concept of Sustainable Chemistry offers a new system thinking based approach to transform the more than 150-year-old chemical industry.
Based on the application of ecological principles in research and production, by reshaping product design, manufacturing, and consumption of resources in a sustainable way, as well as ensuring health and safety for workers and users, sustainability-based chemical research and production offer broad opportunities for economic progress. Entrepreneurs and researchers all over the world are already contributing to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN by developing sustainability-based innovative processes and products.
How to Promote Sustainable Industry
To promote Sustainable Chemistry innovation worldwide the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) was established in 2017 as a new international, independent institution. Transforming a complex, strongly interconnected industry sector and a highly specialized science branch requires a holistic approach based on dialogue and collaboration.
The ISC3 is a new globally acting collaboration center, that connects experts form industry and science with stakeholders from civil society and the public sector to enable innovation on all levels of chemical production and use. Acting as an innovation and dialogue platform, a think tank and an education hub the center supports the global breakthrough of Sustainable Chemistry.
The center manages a network of experts, promotes collaboration in the value chain, offers training and support especially for developing countries and carries out innovation scouting activities to discover new technologies, processes and business models.
Being an independent dialogue partner, the ISC3 engages with stakeholders from all sectors to develop new solutions for the many challenges of sustainable development.
ISC3 has showcasesd innovations in Sustainable Chemistry in cooperation with “Think Beyond Plastic”, an innovation accelerator that advances commercialization of research and innovation for circular materials, circular design, green chemistry and new packaging design.