special event

GDCh Webinar "Dealing with the Green Deal - The EU Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability"

June 15, 2022 | 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | zoom

The Chemicals Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) is part of the EU Green Deal, which primarily aims to achieve climate neutrality in Europe by 2050. The implementation of the chemicals strategy with its more than 50 measures will have far-reaching consequences for the chemical industry and the use of chemical products. Basic research must also face new challenges, for example if chemicals or entire classes of substances are banned in the future. Innovations are therefore required to ensure the performance and competitiveness of chemistry in a climate-neutral Europe. In order to achieve this sustainability, short-, medium- and long-term measures must be developed. Company management and employees in industry are just as in demand here as researchers in basic and applied research at universities and non-university research institutions. The GDCh has made "Re-thinking Chemistry" the main topic for 2022/2023, and in fact a rethinking of chemistry is necessary here.

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program and speakers

Program with keynote speeches and discussion


  • dr Peter Dröll (DG RTD, Brussels), title "Deal-makers - Examples from the EU research agenda"
  • dr Josef R. Wünsch (Chairman SusChem Board, BASF, Ludwigshafen), title "The Janus-faced CSS - threat and opportunity for the European Industrial and Academic Chemistry"
  • Prof. Dr. Jennifer Strunk (Member of the Board of the GDCh Division of Sustainable Chemistry, Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, Rostock), entitled ?No Alternatives? Sustainability and process reliability from the perspective of a chemist in academia"
  • Followed by Q&A for/with the participants


dr Peter Dröll is Director for Research and Innovation in the European Commission. Based on the framework set by the European Green Deal, he will report on the status of the implementation of the European Chemicals Strategy and focus on the initiative on "safe and sustainable by design" and the associated "Strategic Plan for Research and Innovation". The existing EU research funding will also be discussed.

dr At BASF SE, Josef R. Wünsch is responsible for the R&D activities of performance materials, i.e. polymer materials that go into the segments of transportation, consumer, construction, E&E and medical devices. He is the research spokesman for automotive topics and represents BASF in SusChem, a European technology platform, which he has chaired since January 2021.
In the role of Chairman SusChem, Dr. Wünsch will illuminate the effects of the "Chemical Strategy for Sustainability" from an industrial point of view, but also put up for discussion the implications for basic research in the academic environment using substance examples. In the absence of criteria that can be precisely formulated, a non-conclusive outlook on safe-and-sustainable-by-desin requirements for the development of sustainable alternative substances is given.

Prof. Dr. Jennifer Strunk heads the "Heterogeneous Photocatalysis" research area at the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis eV in Rostock, in which sustainable processes for recycling carbon dioxide in chemical production are developed as well as cleaning processes for waste water and exhaust gases. In addition, Ms. Strunk is a member of the Board of the Division of the GDCh's specialist group for sustainable chemistry .
In her lecture , Ms. Strunk will shed light on the tension between medically and politically motivated demands for safety on the one hand and the chemical requirements for certain reactants or solvents on the other. The challenges of developing drop-in alternatives in basic research are presented.

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