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International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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Our Vision:

Sustainable Chemistry for a Sustainable World

Sustainable Chemistry facilitates the needs of the present – without compromising the ecological, social and economic needs of future generations.

The chemical industry and downstream sectors using chemicals and materials touch nearly every manufacturing and service sector worldwide and are deeply connected with humanities way of living. The transformation towards sustainability is key to meet existential global challenges like e.g., climate change, inequality, scarcity of resources. The approach of Sustainable Chemistry connects a circular economy with multifaceted aspects of sustainability and changes stakeholder behavior.

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ISC3 Online Atlas

Connecting international stakeholders across actors and sectors is an important aspect of promoting Sustainable Chemistry. The Online Atlas is an interactive platform that displays actors worldwide. Join the community.

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ISC3 Event Calendar

Cooperation and knowledge exchange across actors and sectors are key to facilitating a transformation towards Sustainable Chemistry. Explore opportunities to learn, exchange, and interact at events in the world of Sustainable Chemistry. Join the community.

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Start Up of the Month


The Brazil-based start-up AIPER has developed an innovative process for production of microbial biopigments that can be applied in textile dyeing and cosmetics. AIPER`s product is a sustainable replacement for synthetic dyes which are often toxic and negatively affecting the environment. On the contrary, their innovation is biodegradable ...

ISC3 Stakeholder Forum 2022

4th ISC3 Stakeholder Forum

Connecting stakeholders from policy, industry, academia, and civil society is a key element of the transformation towards Sustainable Chemistry and therefore of ISC3’s work.
We are excited to let you know that this year’s Stakeholder Forum will take place on Tuesday, 29 November 2022, at approx. 2pm CET via MS Teams. The invitation with the agenda will be shared in due time.

Life Cycle Assessment for Start-ups

Sustainability Assessment plays an essential role, when it comes to evaluating the impact of a process or product on people and the planet. Not only as a part of responsible entrepreneurship and being compliant with the laws, but sustainability gains nowadays more importance as a criterion for investors as well. For these reasons, it is c...

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ISC3 participates regulary at ACHEMA, the world's largest process industry trade fair for chemical engineering, process technology, and biotechnology . It is organised every three years at the Frankfurt Trade Fair Centre by the DECHEMA - Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology and "DECHEMA Ausstellungs-GmbH".

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Summer School

The Summer School is an annual event jointly organized by the ISC3 Research and Education Hub and the Leuphana University in Lüneburg. During the program participants learn about the latest developments around the concepts of Sustainable Chemistry including chemicals management. The summer school has been held since 2015.

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Who we are

The ISC3 is an international centre promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Chemistry is currently facing a substantial challenge: to progress towards sustainability and a circular economy, it must reinvent itself. This entails a new system thinking based on a circular approach and the creation of new business opportunities and jobs...

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What we do

The ISC3 is a catalyst for Sustainable Chemistry and acts on five levels: collaboration, innovation, education, research and information. It connects stakeholders from the private sector, science and research as well as civil society and politics to develop a transformative agenda enabling Sustainable Chemistry to contribute to the international processes on the sound...

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Knowledge management and information dissemination on Sustainable Chemistry innovation, policies and research are important cross-sectional tasks of the ISC3. To support a better understanding of and a sound discussion on Sustainable Chemistry as a solution provider for sustainable development and a key contribution to a pollution free planet the ISC3 acts...

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovative solutions to combat and prevent pollution in the areas of mobility, energy, urbanisation, and agriculture very often originate in the chemical sector and mostly stem from its research community and start-up companies. Examples are fossil fuel substitutes, new energy storage systems and new construction and insulation materials...

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Emerging concepts and hot topics of research in Sustainable Chemistry are monitored with regard to possible future Sustainable Chemistry solutions in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Long term consequences and possible rebound effects of the processes, technologies and specific solutions proposed by...

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Academic Education

The ISC3-Research & Education Hub is developing and implementing international study programs of Sustainable Chemistry. For an interdisciplinary understanding of Sustainable Chemistry, know-how about green chemistry, i.e. synthesis and product related topics, needs to be complemented by a broader knowledge of chemistry’s role and contributions...

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Vocational Education & Advisory Service

GIZ’s management model “Capacity WORKs” describes Capacity Development as “The development of the ability of people, organizations and societies to manage their own sustainable development processes and adapt to changing circumstances”. It recognizes four levels of capacity development.

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Policy & Stakeholder Dialogue

Policy- and Stakeholder Dialogue is an important part of ISC3's daily work and activities, as decision makers play a key role in fighting climate change, poverty, hunger, pollution and many other societal and environmental needs. The overarching goal of the ISC3 is to raise awareness of Sustainable Chemistry among decision makers across actors and sectors on national...

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CAPCI focuses on developing capacities and disseminating knowledge. In this way, the project strives to enable key stakeholders in developing countries and emerging economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from chemicals production, while enhancing climate-friendly solutions. The project develops individual measures in close cooperation with...

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Knowledge management and information dissemination on Sustainable Chemistry innovation, policies and research are important cross-sectional tasks of the ISC3. To support a better understanding of and a sound discussion on Sustainable Chemistry as a solution provider for sustainable development and a key contribution to a pollution free planet...

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