How does sustainable chemistry provide innovative and environmentally sound solutions to address climate change? The side event “Sustainable Chemistry – a key to climate solutions” that ISC3 hosted together with BMUB and UN Environment at UN Climate Change Conference 2017 (COP23) in Bonn tried to find answers.
The replacements for fossil fuels, energy storage systems and new construction and insolation materials – in the chemicals sector, a transformation process has started to move towards more sustainable chemistry solutions and business models. Sustainable chemistry has recently gained international attention as a driving force to support implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. However, innovative solutions do not find their way easily to the markets or to wide implementation. In addition, they often do not match the needs of the climate community.
The high-level side event “Sustainable Chemistry – a key to climate solutions” hosted by Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), UN Environment (UNEP) and International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) at COP23 addressed these issues that were discussed by representatives from business, science and policy.
After an introduction of Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, two case studies of the startup “sunfire” and “Covestro” kicked off the side event. They showed promising contributions of sustainable chemistry to the mitigation of carbon dioxide emissions. Afterwards a subsequent panel identified actions to facilitate market entry and global implementation of innovative climate solutions based on sustainable chemistry. The event also discussed potential of sustainable chemistry for startup companies. Findings will feed into the new workstream of ISC3 on Sustainable Chemistry and Climate Action, with a focus on startup companies. This workstream was started at a workshop organized by UN Environment and ISC3 in Berlin in September 2017, which brought together sustainable chemistry entrepreneurs from all over the world.
// Program “Sustainable Chemistry – a key to climate solutions” in the German Pavillon on 10th November from 2:30 to 3:25 pm
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary at Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety
Mark Radka, Head, Energy and Climate Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment
II. Case study: Covestro Dream Production – turning carbon dioxide into plastics
Dr. Eric Bischof, Vice President Corporate Sustainability, Covestro AG
III. Case study: Sunfire – synthetic fuel from air
Oliver Borm, Senior Product Manager Hydrogen, sunfire GmbH
IV. Video “ISC3 – a unique network”
V. Panel Discussion
Moderator: Paul Hohnen
Panelists: Achim Halpaap, Principal Officer and Senior Advisor Chemicals and Health Branch, Economy Division, UN Environment | Dr. Eric Bischof, Covestro AG | Pengcheng Fu, Professor at College of Life Sciences and Technology, Beijing University of Chemical Technology and Hainan University | Oliver Borm, sunfire GmbH
Résumé and way forward: Friedrich Barth, Managing Director ISC3
Get together with drinks and snacks (after the following side event The Nitric Acid Climate Action Group: Paving the Way for a Sector-wide Transformation)