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Success in sustainable chemistry

An EU platform for sustainable chemistry was established across the EU. Project efforts stand to make many industries and products become more innovative and greener than ever.
Success in sustainable chemistry
Sustainable chemistry or green chemistry involves chemical research related to the design of products and processes that minimise the use and manufacture of hazardous substances. It covers organic chemistry, inorganic chemistry, biochemistry and to a certain extent bioengineering, among others.

The EU-funded project 'A European technology platform for sustainable chemistry' (ETP-SC) elaborated an action plan and research agenda for collaborative public private research in the field. It aimed to encourage innovation in Europe to benefit the chemical industry and European public in general.

The project brought together stakeholders from industry, academia and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as policymakers, regulators and financial experts. This is the first time that all the stakeholders interested in sustainable chemistry were able to network under one dedicated platform, with participation from almost all EU Member States.

An EU mirror group for the project, representing 25 countries in Europe, helped establish the platform and promote its activities. There were even national platforms set up in parallel with the ETP-SC in various countries. This was enhanced by strong links, solidifying sustainable chemistry on a national level in at least nine EU nations.

The project successfully produced a strategic research agenda and implementation action plan to help transform its goals into reality, mapping the road to sustainable chemistry for two decades to come. The action plan outlined priorities for the research agenda that addressed all the topics and themes under sustainable chemistry. With such an initiative, chemistry in the EU may take on a new meaning.

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