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ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Pitch Presentation at ACHEMA Trade Fair in Frankfurt: Global Innovation Showcases

12 June 2018, ACHEMA, Exhibition Hall 9.2 Discussion Corner

Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: Meeting the needs of a sustainable future. In cooperation with the US-based accelerator platform Think Beyond PlasticTM the ISC3 presents five start-ups at its booth in exhibition hall 9.2 to showcase Sustainable Chemistry innovation.

In a Pitch Presentation, hold on June 12th at ACHEMA Discussion Corner, the accelerator platform Think Beyond PlasticTM and four of the young entrepreneurs presented their innovative solutions for the new plastics economy.

Presentations and short portraits of the start-ups are available now:

Katherine Shayne, Think Beyond Plastic (USA)

Tony Bova, GrowBioplastics (USA)

David Christian, Evoware (Indonesia)

Katharina Emmert, Fraunhofer ISC (Germany)

Anna Tenhunen, VTT Technical Research Centre (Finland)

Pictures of the Pitch Presentation

Altais Nova (Spain)

(No participation in the pitch presentation. Presented at the ISC3 booth.)

3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 13-16.05.2018, Berlin, Germany

Chaired by ISC3 Scientific Director Klaus Kümmerer, the conference brought together international researchers from academia and industry, from authorities and other institutions to communicate and share the latest developments across fields of green and sustainable chemistry. Special features of this conference were the Elsevier Foundation Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge and a Start-up Workshop hosted by the ISC3-Innovation Hub.

Conference Documentation: Coming soon

Information on the Winners of the Green & Sustainable Chemistry Challenge is available at the Elsevier website.

Winners 2018:

  • Prajwal Rabhindari, President of the Research Institute for Bioscience & Biotechnology (RIBB)
  • Dr. Alessio Adamiano, a researcher at the Italian National Research Council (CNR)

For an overview of the winners 2016 -2018 click here.

International workshop series in cooperation with UN Environment: Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II – Understanding Trends, Risks and Opportunities

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 that took place in March and April 2018 (Nairobi, 07-08.03. 2018; Frankfurt, 26-27.03. 2018; Panama City, 12-13.04. 2018; Bangkok, 25-26.04.2018).

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 be-ginning. The workshop results will feed into the GCO-II 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.

Workshop presentations are available now, documentations are coming soon:

Workshop for the African Region, Nairobi 07-08.03.2018

  • Key Note Presentation “An overview of global megatrends and regional industry sector trends relevant for chemicals management and sustainable chemistry innovation – Highlighting the African Region”: Download (pdf)

Key findings on the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry

Important topics for sustainable chemistry innovation in the African region: Innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the agricultural sector as well as new solutions to improve sustainability in the fast growing construction sector through circular materials, new sustainable building concepts and production processes.

Challenges for sustainable chemistry innovation in the African region are the rather weak regional innovation capabilities in science and research, prioritization of regional technologies and capacities to support the African economy and, last but not least, the need to address the growing informal sector.

Workshop for the European Region, Frankfurt, 26-27.03.2018

  • Key Note Presentation “An overview of global megatrends and regional industry sector trends relevant for chemicals management and sustainable chemistry innovation – Highlighting the European Region”: Download (pdf)

Key findings on the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry

Important topics for sustainable chemistry innovation in the European region: Innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the agricultural sector as well as new solutions to improve sustainability in the construction sector and in transportation through circular materials, new intelligent design concepts and production processes.

Challenges for sustainable chemistry innovation in the European region are the digitalization and the emerging concept of Chemistry 4.0, which need to be shaped in a way that strengthens resource efficiency, enables circular economy models and contributes to social sustainability.

Workshop for the American Region; Panama City, 12-13.04.2018

  • Key Note Presentation “An overview of global megatrends and regional industry sector trends relevant for chemicals management and sustainable chemistry innovation – Highlighting the American Region”: Download (pdf)

Key findings on the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry

Important topics for sustainable chemistry innovation in the American region: Innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the agricultural sector as well as new solutions to improve waste management and recycling through circular materials, better product transparency and effective circular processes including waste-to-material solutions.

Challenges for sustainable chemistry innovation in the American region – with focus on Latin America are the lack of product transparency combined with insufficient assessment capacities, the growing informal sector without proper regulation and, last but not least, weak innovation capabilies in many Latin American countries.

Workshop for the Asian Region, Bangkok, 25-26.04.2018

  • Key Note Presentation “An overview of global megatrends and regional industry sector trends relevant for chemicals management and sustainable chemistry innovation – Highlighting the Asian Region”: Download (pdf)

Key findings on the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry

Important topics for sustainable chemistry innovation in the Asian region: Innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the health and personal care sector as well as new solutions to improve waste management and recycling through circular materials, better product transparency and effective circular processes including waste-to-material solutions.

Challenges for sustainable chemistry innovation in the Asian region are finding fast solutions for the waste problem including plastic waste and water treatment, solving the problem of antibiotics resistance and medical residues and, last but not least, raising awareness and changing behaviour patterns.

The ISC3 Global Scenario Process

The ISC3 intends to facilitate a scenario process later in 2018, in which experts will have an opportunity 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 UN Sustainable Development Goals? What are the pathways towards a sustainable circular economy given the needs of a growing population for food, housing, energy, transport, health and safety? Is new legislation required to make the change happen?

The scenarios are intended as a process, with the aim of delivering generally accepted and expert validated discussion documents. 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.

 

The Global Chemicals Outlook II

Currently being developed by UN Environment, the GCO-II will provide scientific input and options for the sound management of chemicals and waste as well as the implementation of actions to reach relevant Sustainable Development Goals and targets, including on innovation. To be launched in early 2019, the GCO-II seeks to inform the intersessional process on the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 and the March 2019 session of the United Nations Environment Assembly.

Learn more about the GCO.

International Start-up Workshop co-hosted by ISC3 and UN Environment: Advancing Entrepreneurship and Start-up Initiatives for Sustainable Chemistry – Learning from Case Studies, 14.09.2017, Berlin, Germany

Some 30 innovators, entrepreneurs and experts from around the world met on 14 September 2017 in Berlin, Germany, to share experiences and insights from sustainable chemistry start-up initiatives and companies. Young international entrepreneurs engaged in green and sustainable chemistry start-up companies shared case studies and discussed lessons learnt to generate policy relevant knowledge. The participants identified opportunities for sustainable chemistry innovation and start-ups to act as a driver to support implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.

The workshop was organized by UN Environment and the ISC3, in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the Free University of Berlin. Additional financial support was provided by the Government of Germany.