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Newsletter July 2018

ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

Dear readers,

We are proud to share the ISC3’s achievements of the last months with you in this newsletter. The time since the beginning of 2018 was characterised by a series of successful events, a strong partnership with UN Environment, and promising first steps in the international debate on sustainable chemistry innovation.

The year started off with a Regional Expert Workshop Series in cooperation with UN Environment enabling dialogue and a shared understanding of trends, risks and opportunities relevant for sustainable chemistry innovation and the development of the Global Chemicals Outlook II. The workshops provided a unique opportunity for experts from different regions and sectors to voice expectations, contribute ideas, and be part of the worldwide dialogue on sustainable chemistry innovation from the very beginning. Being part of a pre-study for the ISC3 Global Scenario Process on pathways to sustainable chemistry the international dialogue provided important information for the future work of the ISC3.

To provide further support for the Global Chemical Outlook II the ISC3 hosted an international conference by UN Environment in Bonn and contributed to the leading publication on chemicals management with a foundational paper on megatrends and industry sector trends relevant for sustainable chemistry innovation.

Moreover, we were delighted to present the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry at ACHEMA trade fair in Frankfurt, the world’s leading exhibition and conference on chemical engineering and biotechnology. In partnership with the US-based acceleration platform Think Beyond Plastic the ISC3 made a showcase for sustainable chemistry innovation by presenting five inspiring start-ups.

A scientific highlight provided the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference in May 2018 in Berlin, Chaired by Professor Klaus Kümmerer, Director of the ISC3 Research & Education Hub at Leuphana University. The conference brought together scientists from all over the world to share the latest developments across all fields of green and sustainable chemistry.

These major events were accompanied by a high-level meeting with the SAICM Bureau members at the ISC3 Headquarters in Bonn to discuss the potential contributions of the ISC3 to the SAICM Beyond 2020 process. Looking back at the dense sequence of events within the first half of 2018 this newsletter also wants to give you a first outlook on the next months and invites you to join the upcoming activities.

Wishing you fun and inspiration in reading on.

Friedrich Barth

Managing Director ISC3

International Dialogue: Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II

Cooperation with UN Environment: International Workshop Series and Conference

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The ISC3 and UN Environment conducted a series of regional expert workshops early in 2018 and an international conference in June 2018 to understand trends, risks and opportunities relevant for sustainable chemistry innovation and the development of the Global Chemicals Outlook II.

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 the ISC3 and UN Environment co-hosted a series of regional expert workshops (Nairobi, 07-08.03; Frankfurt, 26-27.03; Panama City, 12-13.04; Bangkok, 25-26.04). The workshop series was followed by, an international conference on the Global Chemicals Outlook II conducted by UN Environment in partnership with the ISC3 in Bonn.

The workshops brought together diverse stakeholders from different regions, including innovators, 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.

Being a key contribution to the leading publication on the sound management of chemicals and waste, the results of the regional workshops were reviewed by an international expert community at the conference on the Global Chemicals Outlook II. Furthermore, the results will inform the ISC3 Global Scenario Process 2018 on the pathway of transition to sustainable chemistry.

The Global Chemicals Outlook II

The Global Chemicals Outlook 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 Global Chemicals Outlook 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.

The ISC3 Global Scenario Process

The ISC3 Global Scenario Process will enable experts to debate how sustainable chemistry impacts our future. The scenarios are intended as a process with the aim of delivering generally accepted and expert validated discussion documents providing an answer to questions such as: What kind of chemical products and production processes do we need to shape a sustainable future? What are the societal, economic and political implications of sustainable chemistry? What are the pathways towards a sustainable chemistry economy?

 

 

International Workshop Series: Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry and the Global Chemicals Outlook

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International workshop series in cooperation with UN Environment: Regional Perspectives on Sustainable Chemistry Innovation and the Global Chemicals Outlook II – Understanding Trends, Risks and Opportunities

To enable dialogue and cooperation and to understand trends, risks and opportunities relevant for sustainable chemistry innovation, the ISC3 and UN Environment organized a series of regional expert workshops that took place in Nairobi, Frankfurt, Panama City and Bangkok in March and April 2018.

The workshop results will feed into the Global Chemicals Outlook II (see next article) and inform the ISC3 Global Scenario Process to be initiated later in 2018. The Global Scenario Process will enable experts to debate how Sustainable Chemistry impacts our future. The scenarios are intended as a process with the aim of delivering generally accepted and expert validated discussion documents on the pathways to a sustainable chemistry economy.

Being a part of a pre-study for the Global Scenario Process the regional workshops provided first insights on the regional challenges and opportunities for sustainable chemistry innovation.

  • For the African region innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the agricultural sector as well as new solutions to improve sustainability in the fast growing construction sector through circular materials were identified as priority issues.
  • In the European Region the experts highlighted the need to address the challenges of the fast developing digitalisation in the chemical industry, a trend that might have positive as well as negative effects on sustainable development.
  • Experts form the American region raised the topics of innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the agricultural sector as well as need for new solutions in waste management and recycling through circular materials.
  • The dialogue in the Asian region highlighted innovative chemical solutions to improve sustainability in the health and personal care sector as well as new solutions to improve waste management as opportunities for sustainable chemistry innovation.

Further information on the workshops is available on the ISC3 website.

International Conference on the Global Chemicals Outlook II

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To support the development of the Global Chemicals Outlook II the ISC3 has hosted an international conference by UN Environment Workshop on the leading publication on the sound management of chemicals and waste.

Currently being developed by UN Environment, the Global Chemicals Outlook 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.

The conference on the Global Chemicals Outlook II took place June 18-20 in Bonn. The event brought together ca. 90-100 experts from governments, the private sector, civil society and intergovernmental organizations, as well as lead authors and contributors of the publication to discuss and review the emerging content of the leading publication, including the results of the international Regional Workshop Series (see article above).

Gertrud Sahler, President of the ICCM 5 of the SAICM process, opened the conference with a key note on “Chemicals and Waste Beyond 2020 and the Role of the Global Chemicals Outlook” highlighting the need for a comprehensive view on the sound management of chemicals and waste, including innovation and the transition to a green and sustainable chemical industry. The following reflections provided the audience with a broad overview on the emerging policy issues and the relevant industry sector trends. Rafael Cayuela, Corporate Chief Economist at The Dow Chemical Company, highlighted the ongoing trends in the chemicals sector with his presentation on “The Chemical Industry in 2050”. Anne-Sofie Andersson, Executive Director of ChemSec, introduced the “Pathways to Achieve Global Sustainability of Chemistry” and Mamta Patel, CEO and Co-Founder of the Chemical Watch rounded off the key note session with “A New Global Dynamism to Advance the Sound Management of Chemicals and Waste”.

The following discussions of the three-day conference focussed on the individual chapters of the Global Chemicals Outlook II by giving the floor to the authors and contributors to publication. The ISC3 took part in this discussion by providing a foundational paper on global megatrends and industry-sector trends to highlight the future challenges for the sound management of chemicals as well as the opportunities for sustainable chemistry 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.

Further Activities of the ISC3

Scientific dialogue: 3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference

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The 3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, organized by Elsevier, Leuphana University of Luneburg and the ISC3, successfully brought together scientists, NGOs, companies, innovators and authorities from all over the world to discuss developments in Green and Sustainable Chemistry.

Chaired by Prof. Klaus Kümmerer, Director of the ISC3 Research & Education Hub, the 3rd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference (13-16 May 2018) welcomed close to 300 participants from more than 50 nations including international researchers from academia and industry, authorities and other institutions to exchange scientific insights, challenges and visions on green and sustainable chemistry for sustainable development. In the interdisciplinary conference program, new developments in green and sustainable chemistry were discussed, with topics ranging from energy conversion and storage, bio resources, sustainable chemistry in environmental science and pharmacy to sustainable chemistry in developing countries. Special features of this conference were a start-up workshop hosted by the ISC3-Innovation Hub and the Elsevier Foundation’s Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge.

The pitch session hosted by the ISC3 Innovation Hub, showcased start-ups from different world regions pioneering in the area of green and sustainable chemistry. Five start-ups from Brazil, China, France, Kenia and the US presented their innovations and insights on their journey, challenges and experiences as entrepreneurs. The session was concluded by a panel discussion with John Warner, one of the founders of the field of green chemistry, and start-up supporters from other world regions addressing the respective regional views on the situation of entrepreneurs and start-ups in the area of sustainable chemistry.

For the Green and Sustainable Chemistry Challenge by Elsevier Foundation five international finalists, selected out of more than 500 contestants, presented innovative ideas tackling some of the developing world’s greatest sustainability challenges. This year’s winning projects, “Phos-Fate: Empowering fishing communities for climate change”, and “Guava leaves as natural preservatives for farmers of Nepal”, were selected by the panel of judges due to their immediate relevance for local communities in developing countries.

Industry dialogue: ACHEMA Trade Fair

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At ACHEMA trade fair in Frankfurt, the world’s leading exhibition and conference on chemical engineering and biotechnology, the ISC3 presented the emerging concept of sustainable chemistry in partnership with the US-based acceleration platform Think Beyond Plastic.

Hosting a booth at the Innovation & Research Exhibition Hall the ISC3 made a showcase for sustainable chemistry innovation by presenting five inspiring start-ups. The triennial event is the world´s largest forum for chemical engineering and the process industry, and offered a great opportunity to highlight the game-changing concept of sustainable chemistry.

The ISC3 hosted a booth in cooperation 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. As a part of the ISC3 Start-up Programme, five international start-ups and entrepreneurs were provided with the opportunity to present their innovations at the ISC3 booth as well as at a pitch presentation at the ACHEMA Dialogue Corner. Coming from different continents, the start-ups showed inspiring innovations for the new plastics economy:

  • EVOWARE, a socially responsible enterprise from Indonesia, uses seaweed as raw material to produce innovative, biodegradable packaging materials. The company collaborates with the local seaweed farmers striving for an ecologically as well as a socially positive impact.
  • The team at Grow Bioplastics believes that “There’s Wonder in Waste”. The US-based start-ups is developing a platform of naturally degradable and compostable plastics made from lignin, a waste product of the paper and biofuel industry, for applications in agriculture, food service packaging, and beyond.
  • Altais Nova is developing in Spain a replacement for multimaterial laminates used in packaging: plastic films based in a novel multifunctional additive, which provide barrier properties to oxygen and moisture, while used packages that can be easily recovered from waste by using magnets.
  • The Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC is one of the leading Bavarian R&D centers for material-based research. The Institute presented an innovative additive for packing materials improving recyclability of packaging foils.
  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd showcased the awarded (Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Materials Challenge, EcoPack Challenge 2018) biobased packaging solution, which looks like plastic and it performs like plastic, but it is recyclable and compostable and made cellulose.

Further information is available at the ISC3 website.

What’s next? Upcoming Events

Following the dense agenda of the first half of 2018 the ISC3 is looking forward to five major events taking place in autumn 2018.

  • ISC3 First Year Anniversary: On September 17th, the ISC3 will host a high-level event at its headquarters in Bonn to inform partners and stakeholders about the successful setup of the new independent, international institution and the upcoming activities.

  • First Meeting of the ISC3 Advisory Board and the ISC3 Scientific Board: On September 18th, the members of the Advisory Board and the Scientific Board will meet at the ISC3 Headquarters in Bonn.

  • 4th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry, 24-28 September 2018 at Leuphana University, Luneburg: The Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry will provide the participants with an understanding of the latest developments of the concepts of sustainable chemistry and chemicals management. The program of the summer school includes a theoretical part (lectures) and practical exercises/case studies, group discussions and an excursion to exemplify important aspects of sustainable chemistry.

  • 1st ISC3 Stakeholder Forum, 24-25 October 2018 in Frankfurt a. M. : The ISC3 Stakeholder Forum will provide stakeholders from all sectors with the opportunity to discuss sustainable chemistry issues and engage with the ISC3 experts on the activities of the centre.

  • Conference on Green Chemistry, 5-6 November 2018 in Vienna, Austria: The Conference on Green Chemistry, as part of the programme “Smart and Sustainable Europe”, will bring together experts in chemical science and technology, industry and policy to present the current status of Green Chemistry around the world.

4th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry

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The 4th Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry for Sustainable Development, taking place at Leuphana University Lüneburg, will bring together students from all over the world learning, discussing and developing own ideas about this year’s theme: Construction Materials and Habitation.

The Summer School on Sustainable Chemistry on Sustainable Development (24-28 September) will provide the participants with an understanding of the latest developments of the concepts of sustainable chemistry and chemicals management. The program of the Summer School includes a theoretical part with lectures and a practical part with exercises, case studies, group discussions and an excursion to exemplify important aspects of sustainable chemistry.

One target of the Summer School is to discuss the scope and benefit of sustainable chemistry in value chains and chemicals in products. Construction materials serve as an illustrative example within this year’s Summer School: It therefore takes a closer look on specific problems such as sustainable building materials, recycling and substitution of hazardous building materials. The issue of sustainable production and consumption in international cooperation will be addressed in this context too, to identify possible approaches and solutions. The exchange of experiences between the participants within practical exercises and workshops will complement lectures.

Experts and external speakers from science, industry and other authorities, such as Elsevier, Evonik, the German Environment Agency (BMU) and UN Environment will provide diverse insights on the relevant topics to stimulate discussion. A one-day excursion to the “International Building Exhibition” in Hamburg will complement the programme. Moreover, participants will be working on developing an own project idea.

Further information is available at Leuphana University Website.

Partner News

Global Chemical Leasing Award

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The implementation of Chemical Leasing into business models becomes increasingly important for the reduction of chemicals used. Therefore, UNIDO launched an Award to bring research and innovation forward to establish a win-win situation for user and supplier as well as the environment.

The 4th Global Chemical Leasing Award has been launched by UNIDO in collaboration with the Governments of Austria, Germany and Switzerland to acknowledge best practices in sustainable chemicals management and inspire companies and individuals around the globe to apply innovative business concepts, such as Chemical Leasing. This is to be achieved by reducing inefficient use and over-consumption of chemicals and by developing strong business partnerships along the entire supply chain. The Chemical Leasing Award comprises three categories: case studies, special innovation and research.

Chemical Leasing is a functional-based business model that aims at a more efficient use of chemicals in the production process by redefining the business relationship between the chemical user and the supplier. The conventional business model assumes that the more you sell, the more you earn. However, in the Chemical Leasing model the supplier does not sell quantities, but rather the function of the chemical. This is the service rendered by the chemical. Thus, taking the example of the water treatment industry for drinking water supply, not the amount of chemicals used for the water treatment are payed for, but the amount of cubic meters of purified water.

When payment is linked to the functions performed, both partners are incentivized to achieving target results by using less chemicals. By aligning the motivations of the user and the supplier, Chemical Leasing helps achieve a win-win situation for both partners. But also the environment benefits: a prolonged life cycle of chemicals, waste minimization and the efficient use of resources - all that contributes to the achievement of circular-economy goals.

The Application Deadline for the Chemical Leasing Award is August 15th with the prize giving ceremony taking place on November 6th in Vienna, Austria.

Further Information is available at the Global Chemical Leasing Award website.

Smart & Sustainable Europe: Green Chemistry Conference

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The Conference on Green Chemistry, as part of the programme “Smart and Sustainable Europe”, will bring together experts in chemical science and technology, industry and policy to present the current status of Green Chemistry around the world.

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. Part of the conference will be dedicated to a presentation of Green Chemistry Startups.

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.

Detailed information on the Green Chemistry Conference and registration is available at the conference website.