International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Who we are

The ISC3 is an international centre promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Chemistry is facing the biggest challenge in its history: Basically, it has to reinvent itself in order to progress towards sustainable chemistry and a circular economy. This implies new business opportunities, jobs, and a key contribution to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals. The ISC3 is a globally acting institution, multi-stakeholder platform and think tank. more

ISC3 promotes start-ups and sustainable innovation

Innovations in Sustainable Chemistry offer solutions that touch every part of our daily lives – and can solve global challenges. With its Global Start-up Service, the ISC3 supports ideators and start-ups with a wide range of services to successfully realize their ideas and business models.

Start-up of the month: Shobab Energy – Towards the sustainable electrification of Sub-Saharan Africa

The Nigeria-based start-up Shobab Energy has engaged in addressing the lack of access to electricity that has long plagued Sub-Saharan Africa. This is being done by proposing a novel decentralized biomass-solar photovoltaic (PV) hybrid system through the usage of local materials. With Nigeria as the fifth largest palm oil-producing country worldwide, Shobab Energy has confirmed the potential that exists in turning waste into a valuable resource to generate sustainable clean and reliable energy in order to support regional communities and actively solve problems. Read more...

Women in Sustainable Chemistry: "It’s generally a problem of course in gender studies that women’s roles are invisible."

Ms. Sascha Gabizon is the international executive director of Women Engage for a Common Future (WECF, link to WECF HP) and long-time Co-Facilitator of the Women's Major Group on the Sustainable Development Goals. The organization first started in the Netherlands, followed by offices in Germany, France, Georgia and consist of a network of about 150 partners in 50 countries. Ms Gabizon joined the WECF in 1994 to prepare the contribution to the 4th World Women's Conference in Beijing in 1995. Read the full interview here.


The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) launched the ISC3 Innovation Challenge in Sustainable Chemistry and Waste: Prevention, Valorisation & Management. Contest applications will be accepted until April 19, 2022. The winner of the Innovation Challenge 2021/2022 will be awarded a monetary prize of 15,000 EUR.. [more]

Women in Sustainable Chemistry: "We need to adopt innovative approaches that will encourage and provide adequate support for women and young girls in sustainable chemistry."

Tosin George is a renewable energy professional from Nigeria, with experience in Business Operations, Project Management, Data and Business Analysis, particularly in the Solar Energy sector. Tosin co-founded Shobab Energy in December 2020. Shobab Energy uses waste from palm oil production as biomass resource in combination with a Solar Photovoltaic system to ensure access to modern energy systems, providing access for 1.776 million people across oil palm communities in southern Nigeria. Read more.

ISC3 Global Start-up Service

The ISC3 Innovation Hub has launched the Global Start-up Service, the world’s first programme providing holistic support to Sustainable Chemistry innovators globally. The service is aimed at entrepreneurs along the entire innovation chain: ideators, early-stage innovators and advanced entrepreneurs who have the potential to solve the most urgent challenges in a sustainable and inclusive way. more