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Past Events

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

New Plastics Economy Investor Forum, 7 December 2018 at DECHEMA, Frankfurt

Sustainable chemistry innovations hold the unique potential to contribute towards the achievement of various UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 12 on Responsible Consumption and Production. As a key field of action, the transition towards a circular economy for plastics is opening a sea of investment and innovation opportunities. The Investor Forum, organized by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, Think Beyond Plastics and ISC3 Innovation Hub, will bring together leaders in the investment and plastics industry, and innovators developing solutions in various aspects of the plastics value chain. Throughout the day, experts will discuss critical topics centered on advancing and scaling new sustainable chemistry business models, designs and technologies that keep plastics in the economy and prevent them from becoming waste. This will be matched by presentations and show-cases by cutting edge innovators providing the latest disruptive innovations in the plastics space.

Further information on the event is available now:

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.

Global Chemical Leasing Award Ceremony, 6 November 2018 in Vienna

The ceremony will be part of the Green Chemistry Conference 2018 within the Trio Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) programme, “Smart and Sustainable Europe”, held during Austria’s EU Presidency. Companies and individuals are invited to submit applications for the award in three categories: case studies (for companies), special innovation, and research. The call for applications is open until 15 August 2018.

Detailed information about each award category and application requirements are available here.

4th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry, 24-28 September 2018 at Leuphana University, Lüneburg

The 4th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development (24-28 September 2018) provided the participants with an understanding of the latest developments of the concepts of sustainable chemistry and chemicals management. The program of the Summer School included lectures, practical exercises, case studies, group discussions and an excursion to exemplify important aspects of sustainable chemistry.

One target of the Summer School was to discuss the scope and benefit of sustainable chemistry in value chains and chemicals in products. Construction materials served as an illustrative example within this year’s Summer School; it therefore took a closer look at currently used building materials and their impact on the environment and the availability of resources. The substitution of hazardous building materials, increases in energy efficiency of buildings, life cycle assessments of products used in buildings and the use of plastics in building materials are among the topics that were discussed. A one-day excursion to the “International Building Exhibition” in Hamburg complemented the program.

Experts and external speakers from science, industry and other authorities, such as Elsevier, Evonik, the German Environment Agency (BMU), UN Environment and the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) provided interactive insights on the relevant topics to stimulate discussions. Participants from all over the world contributed to the exchange by adding their individual perspective and developing their own ideas on how to take forward sustainable chemistry.

The programme is available here.

Hosting of the International Global Chemicals Outlook II Workshop in cooperation with UN Environment

The Global Chemicals Outlook II is being developed in response to the mandates received through Decision 27-2 of the Governing Council in 2013 and Resolution 2/7 on chemicals and waste of the second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2016.

The mandates requested, among others, to address the 2020 Goal on the sound management of chemicals and hazardous wastes, the Environmental Policy Issues identified by the International Conference on Chemicals Management as well as other issues where emerging evidence indicates a risk to human health and the environment, and provide scientific input and options for actions to reach relevant Sustainable Development Goals and targets up to and beyond 2020. The overarching objective of the workshop is to review the emerging content of the zero draft of the Global Chemicals Outlook II and to elicit inputs from participants relevant for preparing a full draft by early September 2018. The workshop will bring together ca. 90-100 experts from governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental organizations, as well as lead authors and contributors of the Global Chemicals Outlook II, including regional experts.

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.

ISC3 at ACHEMA - International Exhibition-Congress on Chemical Engineering, Environmental Protection and Biotechnology, 11.-15. June in Frankfurt, Germany.

The ISC3 will be present at this year´s ACHEMA exhibition and trade fair (11.-15. June 2018) in Frankfurt, Germany.

The triennial event is the world´s largest forum for chemical engineering and the process industry, offering a panorama of up-to date tech-nology trends and a technology platform with a worldwide signaling impact. The ISC3 will be hosting a fair stand at the Innovation und Research Hall jointly with the US-based initiative Think Beyond Plastic, an accelerator and think tank advancing commercialization of research and innovation with focus on circular materials, circular design and innovative packaging. The partners will provide international start-ups and entrepreneurs with the opportunity to showcase their businesses at the ISC3 booth and within a speed-pitching session at the hall´s discussion corner.

For further information visit the ACHEMA website.

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.

Debate with

  • 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.

Media Information

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, independent 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 independent, international institution promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. As a globally acting independent 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.

Download Press release: English (pdf)

Media contact: Agnes Dittmar | Director Policy & Communications | T +49 228 90241-124 | E agnes.dittmar©giz.de

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 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 chemi-cals and chemistry will play in addressing the emerging and future challenges to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Further information and documentation are available at Services.

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.

3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, 13-16 May 2018 in Berlin

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.

Further information is available at the conference website and at "Services".