Promoting Sustainable Chemistry Innovation across Egyptian Small & Medium Enterprises
Together with pur partners from Egypt National Cleaner Production Center - ENCPC - مركز الانتاج الانظف and Youthinkgreen Egypt we are hosting a virtual event to promote sustainable innovation in small and medium sized entreprises across Egypt.
The event takes place virtually on Tuesday 22nd September 2020 from 10:00 – 11:30, is live-streamed on youtube and followed by a focused Roundtable discussion on Thursday 24th September 2020 at 10:00 – 12:00 am. Register now to participate!
The chemical industry plays a dual role in sustainable development. On the one hand, it consumes vast quantities of raw materials and energy and releases pollutants and hazardous substances. That is why the sound management of chemicals and waste is crucial. On the other hand, by using and developing innovative materials and processes for alternative products, the chemical sector plays an essential role in solving key societal problems. That offers broad opportunities for economic progress, especially in emerging economies like Egypt, where sustainable growth is urgently needed while protecting human health and the environment. Therefore, a sustainability-oriented chemical industry, with flourishing market opportunities for SMEs and start-ups, can make a major contribution to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN.
Sustainable Chemistry is based on the application of socio-ecological principles in the entire life-cycle of chemical substances and materials while looking at waste as a valuable resource to be safely re-used. From shaping product design, manufacturing, and disposal, to addressing health and safety work/user conditions and sustainable consumption of resources, economic success, and technical innovation: Sustainable Chemistry is an emerging approach useful for promoting responsible business across industries and sectors.
Developing a common understanding of sustainable chemistry is crucial: The opportunities of the emerging concept also show that expectations towards sustainable chemistry differ among stakeholder groups. To address the different perspectives, expectations and criteria discussed in the context of Sustainable Chemistry, the ISC3 initiated a global stakeholder dialogue process towards finding a mutual understanding of Sustainable Chemistry. But rather than outlining a fixed conceptual definition, the underlying question is the extent to which the approach can be contextualized and translated into transformation strategies adapted to regional and local realities. Best practice examples reach from entrepreneurship education to new innovation policies, promotion programs for start-ups, corporate challenge and new investment vehicles.
About youthinkgreen Egypt
Youthinkgreen Egypt is a social enterprise aiming at empowering communities to lead sustainable transformations locally and globally by the promotion of catalyzing innovation ecosystems. youthinkgreen aims at scaling up youth-led Sustainability innovations with support and guidance from private and public key players. Youthinkgreen approach offers impact based holistic experience for our partners and beneficiaries, adding value to their sustainability commitments and performances.
Ca'Foscari University of Venice: Green Chemistry Postgraduate Summer School, 4-10 July 2020 – online
As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and the limitations on travellers mobility, the Ca'Foscari University of Venice (Italy) will hold the Green Chemistry Postgraduate Summer School online from 4-10 July 2020.
The summer school consists of five lecture days and will follow-up on the outcomes of the Symposium "Chemistry addressing UN-17 sustainable development goals" (Paris, IUPAC General Assembly and Congress, 8th July 2019).
Main topics are:
- Exploitation of renewable resources
- New Reaction pathways
- Energy saving
- Food safety
- Green Chemistry for cultural heritage
- Climate Change damages mitigation
Students will have the opportunity to expose their research during the virtual Summer School Poster Session; the best posters will be rewarded at the online awarding ceremony. The students' abstracts will be published on the Summer School final proceedings.
More information: https://www.unive.it/pag/29448/
Metals: A Prerequisite for Digital Transformation, 8-10 November 2019, Tutzing, Germany
Metals are a key component of digitalization. They are essential for Industry 4.0, Driver Assistance Systems, Smart Grids, and the Internet of Things, as well as for the function of smart phones and tablets. This is true of base metals, such as copper, as well as technology metals, such as neodymium and lithium. The functionalization of many metals is a prerequisite for the effectiveness of digital technologies.
The workshop addresses this increasing amount of metals needed for digital transformation and seeks solutions for their use in wise and sustainable manner. It is jointly organized by the ISC3 Research and Education Hub, the Evangelische Akademie, the Leuphana Universität Lüneburg, the German Federal Environmental Foundation, the Entwicklungsfonds Seltene Metalle (ESM Foundation), the Materials Resource Management (Institute of Materials Resource Management University Augsburg), and the Die Transformateure – Akteure der Großen Transformation. The workshop aims for a better understanding of interrelationships and different perspectives in order to contribute to a sustainable and future-proof securing of metals to achieve digitization, as well as energy transition and mobility turnaround. It is aimed at both digital experts and experts in the metal sector.
The conference language is German.
More information and registration: https://www.ev-akademie-tutzing.de/veranstaltung/metalle-voraussetzung-der-digitalen-transformation/
ISC3 Workshop on Green & Sustainable Chemistry-based Entrepreneurship at the IGCW, 18 October 2019, Mumbai, India
In our efforts to provide holistic support to Sustainable Chemistry innovators globally, and to accelerate the industrial sustainability and profitability through Green & Chemistry Solutions, the ISC3 and its Indian partner, the Green ChemisTree Foundation, are organizing an entrepreneurial session at the Industrial Green Chemistry World 2019 (IGCW) in Mumbai in India.
The “Workshop on Green & Sustainable Chemistry-based Entrepreneurship” on 18 October addresses young Indian chemistry or chemical engineering students, who are interested in exploring entrepreneurship. The workshop provides them with best practice examples of how to be a successful entrepreneur and encourages them to seize the opportunity to become an entrepreneur within the Indian and global ecosystem.
The IGCW is India’s first and only dedicated platform for the Chemical Industry to explore Green Chemistry & Green Engineering trends, technologies and opportunities. To support innovation, entrepreneurs and start-ups in India, the ISC3 and the Green ChemisTree Foundation agreed to work together within the Spiderweb Network.
ISC3 workshop “Striving towards a common understanding of sustainable chemistry”, 29 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand
Can chemistry be sustainable? In the lead-up to the third meeting of the Intersessional Process considering the Strategic Approach and Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste beyond 2020 (SAICM), the ISC3 has prepared a workshop to introduce and discuss the concept of sustainable chemistry with all interested parties.
ISC3 strongly believes that a common understanding of sustainable chemistry can play a positive role within the new SAICM framework beyond 2020 and the transformation of the chemicals sector. During the workshop, ISC3 will briefly present its paper ”Reaping the full potential of sustainable chemistry for SAICM”, submitted ion April 2019 at the OEWG III in Montevideo as an initial thought-starter. The main point of the agenda is an open and transparent dialogue process with all stakeholder groups, including NGOs, IGOs, academia, and industry.
The Intersessional Process is part of the SAICM process, a global policy framework to foster the sound management of chemicals. The SAICM Secretariat is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme. The third meeting of the Intersessional Process will support stakeholders in their efforts to elaborate the future arrangements of the Strategic Approach and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020, for consideration and adoption at the next session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM5) to be held in Bonn, Germany, from 5 - 9 October 2020.
Conference on Green Chemistry, 5-6 November, Vienna, Austria
As a final event of the programme “Smart and Sustainable Europe” a conference on Green Chemistry will be held on November 5th – 6th, 2018. This conference brings together experts in chemical science and technology, industry and policy to present the current status of Green Chemistry worldwide and in the European Union. It also provides an opportunity for the participants to consider and discuss options for aligning two approaches: chemicals control and sustainable chemical evolution (Green Chemistry), in order to make our society fit for sustainable living with chemicals in a less toxic world. Detailed information on the Green Chemistry Conference and registration is available here.
Part of the conference will be dedicated to a presentation of Green Chemistry Start-ups.
The conference is prepared by the EU Trio Presidency (EE-BG-AT) as their contribution to the achievement of the Global Sustainable Development Goals within Europe. It will be a follow-up to the joined efforts of the three EU Presidencies to further integrate sustainability in the regulatory framework of European environment policy.
The fourth UNIDO - Global Chemical Leasing Award Ceremony will be held at the conference’s closing event on November 6th, 2018.
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 at Service > Documentations now!
Media Lunch at ACHEMA: Sustainable Chemistry – Reinventing a 150 year old industry
11 June 2018, 1 p.m., ACHEMA, Exhibition Hall 9.2 Room Dialog
Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: Meeting the needs of a sustainable future. What are the challenges for the chemical industry on the way to sustainable development? What needs to change? What are the prospects of sustainable chemistry? And how do we shape the transformation of a 150 year old industry – for the greater good? The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) addresses these questions on a global scale. Learn more about the ISC3 and its groundbreaking work during the press-lunch on Monday, June 11th at 1pm.
- Friedrich Barth, Managing Director of the ISC3
- Dr. Andreas Förster, Director of the ISC3 Innovation Hubs
- Tony Bova, CEO and Co-Founder of GrowBioplastics
Media representatives are invited for a counter lunch afterwards.
For further information and registration click here.
Download Press Invitation: English (pdf) | German (pdf)
Download Short Portrait of GrowBioplastics: Englisch (pdf)
Press release: Sustainable Chemistry: Reinventing a 150-year-old industry for the greater good
Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: To meet the needs of a growing population in a world of scarce resources and growing environmental problems chemistry has to reinvent itself to become a key solution provider for a sustainable future. The emerging concept of Sustainable Chemistry offers a new system thinking based approach to transform the more than 150-year-old chemical industry. To promote Sustainable Chemistry innovation worldwide the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) was established in 2017 as a new international institution.
Download Press release: English (pdf) | German (pdf)
Press release: A successful start into a new era of Sustainable Chemistry – the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3)
The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) is a new international institution promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. As a globally acting institution, multi-stakeholder platform and think tank the ISC3 is committed to supporting the global breakthrough of Sustainable Chemistry. With its transformative agenda the ISC3 contributes to achieving the Global Sustainable Development Goals by fostering innovation and enabling new sustainable business models in the chemicals sector.
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