S³C - 2nd Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development 2016 in Lüneburg, Germany

The 2nd Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development is organized jointly by the Sector Program Rioplus, the Partnership on Sustainable Textiles of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the Institute of Sustainable and Environmental Chemistry of Leuphana University Lüneburg. It will take place in Lüneburg from the 12th to the 16th of September 2016. The purpose of the 2nd Summer School is to provide young professionals from industrialized as well as from developing countries an understanding of the newest theoretical and practical developments of Sustainable Chemistry. Beside that the international Summer School will treat specific problems like wet processes in the textile production.

One main target of the summer school is to discuss the scope and benefit of sustainable chemistry in value chains and chemicals in products. The issue of sustainable production and consumption in international cooperation will be addressed to identify possible approaches and solutions to substitute hazardous chemicals. The exchange of experiences between the participants will be at the core of the discussion.

The program of the 2nd Summer School includes a theoretical part (lectures), practical exercises to deepen important application aspects, group discussions, a market place and an excursion. The lectures cover the following topics:

Block 1A: Framing Sustainable Chemistry

The concept of sustainable chemistry and the international framework of chemicals management (SAICM, BRS conventions, REACH) will be introduced. International experts, e.g. from UNEP, will report on their activities concerning sustainable chemistry and share their insights on related global discussions and resolutions like the Chemicals and Waste resolution of UNEA2.

Block 1B: Implementation and Tools

Participants get informed about tools and ongoing attempts of implementation of sustainable chemistry e.g. chemical leasing and circular economy in the chemical industry. The practical exercises are focused on handling of chemicals, laboratory and work safety and include a lab round tour.

Block 1C: Practical implementation and business models

The practical implementation block demonstrates software and modelling tools as well as case studies on substitution of hazardous chemicals, mercury recycling and how to apply the concept in the textile value chain and the toy industry.

Block 2A: SC in textile production

Block 2A provides more detailed information on how sustainable chemistry can be applied in the textile production. It gives an overview of the newest developments like the German textile partnership, PFC solutions, environmentally friendly produced dyestuffs, the implementation of substitutes and examples of application.

Block 2B: SC in chemical industry

Block 2B deals with initiatives and projects of the chemical industry in the field of sustainable chemistry. Associations and industry initiatives like the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) and the sustainability initiative of the German chemical industry (Chemie³) will present their perspectives and activities. Representatives of the chemical industry will share their experiences with industrial implementation and public-private partnerships in the field of sustainable chemistry. 

Highlights of the summer school are the market place and the excursion. At the market place, participants will have the possibility to attend presentations and exhibition/information booths of the textile industry, standard systems, sustainability initiatives and the chemical industry. The excursion seeks to demonstrate opportunities for practical application of sustainable chemistry.

Further information:

Further information to our previous Summer School 2015:

Presentations of S³C