Sustainable Chemistry

There are about 4 million different chemical substances that are produced and/or separated worldwide. About 30,000 chemical substances are in permanent use with masses exceeding more than 10 tonnes per year for each substance. Almost every economical branch in Europe is influenced by chemical pollution. Professional illnesses found in the workforce or food chain contamination are a few examples of the numerous issues arising from the use of chemicals. Another example is the use of chemicals for agricultural purposes. These chemicals have been increasing the risks of chronicle illness development among humans even though these same chemicals are useful for general production.

Costs to resolve health damage and environmental problems are extremely high at the moment for national economies and for the world as a whole. A respectable review about the costs of environmental damage and the benefits of sustainable chemistry can be found in the current United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) report: Öffnet externen Link in neuem FensterGlobal Chemicals Outlook. Scientists have proven that promoting a preventative strategy can help reduce the hazardous impacts on humans and the environment, while being evidently advantageous for various economies as well. The path of increasing precaution and reducing destruction is an alternative approach to properly organise and control the use of chemical substances. This concept is referred to as “Green” or “Sustainable Chemistry”. The Chemical Outlook describes it as following: “Green Chemistry is not a new branch of science, but more a new philosophical approach that underpins all of chemistry and has technological, environmental and societal goals”.

Sustainable Chemistry tries to improve efficiency while simultaneously staying safe and environmentally friendly. It seeks to discover new substances, searches for the best practices and production processes to increase performance, optimises the use of resources, reduces the generation of wastes and protects human health and the environment. Sustainable Chemistry protects employees and seeks for innovative strategies in order to stimulate the economy. Sustainability, human health and environmental protection, competitiveness and innovative progress are the basic links of the Sustainable Chemistry concept.

Sustainable Chemistry offers many advantages to the industry: better competitiveness, better modernity, better reputation, and better awareness of sustainable products addressed by consumers.