5 strategies to accelerate green chemistry

Read the full story in GreenBiz.

Two years ago, the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council (GC3) established as its mission the mainstreaming of green chemistry, a point in time where all chemistry — including chemistry and engineering research, education and policy — is considered “green.”

It set about to answer the following questions:

  • What can be done to make all chemistry green chemistry?
  • What are the current barriers and drivers?
  • What partnerships will have to be built, policies put in place, educational needs met and investments made?
  • What role should the GC3 take?

Ninety percent of manufactured goods are in some way linked to the chemical industry. Yet, despite its environmental, public health and economic benefits, green chemistry is still only a small part of the chemical enterprise.

To understand why this is the case and how green chemistry can be accelerated, the GC3 performed literature reviews; conducted a survey of its members; gathered input at its annual Innovators’ Roundtable; and sponsored original published research on barriers to adoption, making the business case and possible metrics that can measure success. An April 2015 GreenBiz article described some findings from this process. 

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