ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

The ISC3 connects relevant stakeholders from all sectors enabling them to promote sustainable chemistry easier and faster. Several workstreams will be initiated over the next years inviting all interested parties to join. The workstreams will address topics regarding the SDGs as well as crosscutting issues such as: Sustainable Chemistry & Climate Change; Sustainable Chemistry & Buildings and Living; Sustainable Chemistry & Mobility as well as Circular Economy and Digitalization (Chemistry 4.0) and many more.

The workstreams will be prepared with workshops in the frame of a global scenario process which will be initiated later in 2018, inviting experts to debate how sustainable chemistry impacts our future: What kind of chemical products and chemical production processes do we need to shape a sustainable future? What are the societal, economic and political implications of sustainable chemistry? In what areas are chemical innovations key to achieving the SDGs? These and other questions will be addressed in dialogue-based scenarios, with the aim of delivering expert validated outcomes. They should provide an opportunity for civil society to voice expectations and concerns, help industry players in the refinement of their strategy and investments, provide input to policy makers in the shaping of regulatory frameworks and instruments, and they should spur further research.

International Workshop series in Cooperation with UNEP

To enable dialogue and cooperation and to understand trends, risks and opportunities relevant for sustainable chemistry innovation and the development of the Global Chemicals Outlook II ISC3 and UN Environment organized a series of regional expert workshops (Nairobi, 07.-08.03; Frankfurt, 26.-27.03; Panama City, 12.-13.04; Bangkok, 25.-26.04). The workshops brought together diverse stakeholders from different regions, including innovators and entrepreneurs, policy makers, representatives from civil society and academia. The participants identified and examined regional megatrends and industry sector trends that may create risks and opportunities for chemicals management and sustainable chemistry innovation.

The workshops provided a unique opportunity for experts from different sectors to voice expectations, contribute ideas, and be part of the worldwide dialogue on sustainable chemistry innovation from the very beginning. The workshop results will feed into the GCOII and inform the ISC3 Global Scenario Process to be initiated later in 2018 to identify opportunities for a transition to a more sustainable chemistry. They will also contribute to the ongoing reflections on the future of sustainable chemistry and the role chemicals and chemistry will play in addressing the emerging and future challenges to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Furthermore “ISCnet – International Sustainable Chemistry Network” is ISC3s key instrument and platform for a worldwide exchange of information, ideas and projects on this topic. Events around the world complete the commitment of ISC3.