International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre

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Our Vision:

Sustainable Chemistry for a Sustainable World

Sustainable Chemistry facilitates the needs of the present – without compromising the ecological, social and economic needs of future generations.

The chemical industry and downstream sectors using chemicals and materials touch nearly every manufacturing and service sector worldwide and are deeply connected with humanities way of living. The transformation towards sustainability is key to meet existential global challenges like e.g., climate change, inequality, scarcity of resources. The approach of Sustainable Chemistry connects a circular economy with multifaceted aspects of sustainability and changes stakeholder behavior.

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ISC3 Online Atlas

Connecting international stakeholders across actors and sectors is an important aspect of promoting Sustainable Chemistry. The Online Atlas is an interactive platform that displays actors worldwide. Join the community.

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ISC3 Event Calendar

Cooperation and knowledge exchange across actors and sectors are key to facilitating a transformation towards Sustainable Chemistry. Explore opportunities to learn, exchange, and interact at events in the world of Sustainable Chemistry. Join the community.

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Start Up of the Month


Colombia-based company CALI FOOD PAPERS S.A.S. started with new product line named ECOPAPEL that offers biodegradable, compostable and recyclable paper- and cardboard-based packaging for food. ECOPAPEL products are made of renewable raw materials and certified for food contact. They strive to eliminate highly polluting materials and subst...

8th Asia-Oceania Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry


AOC-GSC8 is organised by the Centre for Green Chemical Science (CGCS), The University of Auckland, and aims to promote Green and Sustainable Chemistry in the Asia-Oceania region. The latest advances in Green and Sustainable Chemistry are the subject of the conference. This refers to the development of new processes that reduce the application or production of hazardous substances.

Wöhler Award

Prof Dr Kümmerer was honored for his exceptional work in various fields, including recyclable plastics, wastewater reuse, and end-of-life management of solar plants, among others, where he has made remarkable contributions to Sustainable Chemistry.

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ISC3 Sustainable Chemistry SPOTLIGHTS
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Event Series: Sustainable Chemistry SPOTLIGHTS

In light of the 5th World Chemical Conference (ICCM5) 2023 the ISC3 already starts the discussion in four Online Live Events (25 April - 2 June). We raise awareness for the concept of Sustainable Chemistry and the actors in this field, offering a platform for all stakeholders to present their projects, business models, and research activities…

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Fostering Investment in Sustainable Chemistry Innovations

The annual ISC3 Investor Forum (IF) unites founders, investors, scientists and decision-makers from industry and politics in a discussion on the role of financing mechanisms to secure the innovation pipeline, and the very specific dynamics of the Sustainable Chemistry innovation eco-system. ISC3 IF panel discussions are matched by pitching ...

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Who we are

The ISC3 is an international centre promoting and developing sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Chemistry is currently facing a substantial challenge: to progress towards sustainability and a circular economy, it must reinvent itself. This entails a new system thinking based on a circular approach and the creation of new business opportunities and jobs...

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What we do

The ISC3 is a catalyst for Sustainable Chemistry and acts on five levels: collaboration, innovation, education, research and information. It connects stakeholders from the private sector, science and research as well as civil society and politics to develop a transformative agenda enabling Sustainable Chemistry to contribute to the international processes on the sound...

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Knowledge management and information dissemination on Sustainable Chemistry innovation, policies and research are important cross-sectional tasks of the ISC3. To support a better understanding of and a sound discussion on Sustainable Chemistry as a solution provider for sustainable development and a key contribution to a pollution free planet the ISC3 acts...

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Innovative solutions to combat and prevent pollution in the areas of mobility, energy, urbanisation, and agriculture very often originate in the chemical sector and mostly stem from its research community and start-up companies. Examples are fossil fuel substitutes, new energy storage systems and new construction and insulation materials...

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Emerging concepts and hot topics of research in Sustainable Chemistry are monitored with regard to possible future Sustainable Chemistry solutions in accordance with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Long term consequences and possible rebound effects of the processes, technologies and specific solutions proposed by...

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Academic Education

The ISC3-Research & Education Hub is developing and implementing international study programs of Sustainable Chemistry. For an interdisciplinary understanding of Sustainable Chemistry, know-how about green chemistry, i.e. synthesis and product related topics, needs to be complemented by a broader knowledge of chemistry’s role and contributions...

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Vocational Education & Advisory Service

GIZ’s management model “Capacity WORKs” describes Capacity Development as “The development of the ability of people, organizations and societies to manage their own sustainable development processes and adapt to changing circumstances”. It recognizes four levels of capacity development.

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Policy & Stakeholder Dialogue

Policy- and Stakeholder Dialogue is an important part of ISC3's daily work and activities, as decision makers play a key role in fighting climate change, poverty, hunger, pollution and many other societal and environmental needs. The overarching goal of the ISC3 is to raise awareness of Sustainable Chemistry among decision makers across actors and sectors on national...

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CAPCI focuses on developing capacities and disseminating knowledge. In this way, the project strives to enable key stakeholders in developing countries and emerging economies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from chemicals production, while enhancing climate-friendly solutions. The project develops individual measures in close cooperation with...

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Knowledge management and information dissemination on Sustainable Chemistry innovation, policies and research are important cross-sectional tasks of the ISC3. To support a better understanding of and a sound discussion on Sustainable Chemistry as a solution provider for sustainable development and a key contribution to a pollution free planet...

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