Sustainable Chemistry

Who we are – What we do

German Version

We pool and promote the competencies of chemistry contributing to a sustainable development

The Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society) founded the Division of Sustainable Chemistry, because the contribution of chemistry to a global sustainable development grows ever more important. Nearly all areas of chemistry are relevant to tackle the future challenges of mankind and society.

Sustainability stands for societal development that meets the current needs while preserving options for the development of future generations at the same time. The equivalent ranking of economic, ecological and societal objectives thus is a fundamental and decisive factor, as is the holistic consideration of products and processes over their entire life span.

Sustainable chemistry is the key discipline to enable the future viability of industrial societies – from mobility, to clothing, to habitation, etc. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to introduce different aspects of sustainability into all levels of education, research, and production towards the realization of a circular economy and the predominant use of renewable energy sources. Sustainable chemistry is about the following societal challenges:

  • Creating efficient recycling systems;
  • Exploiting alternative and improving the use of established resources;
  • Avoiding critical raw materials (availability, toxicity, etc.);
  • Developing optimized syntheses and innovative catalytic procedures to save energy and resources;
  • Utilizing reagent-free conversions (photochemistry and electrosynthesis);
  • Investigating and developing new energy sources;
  • Designing new recycling and upcycling strategies as well as exploiting existing waste streams;
  • Developing materials and products that are quickly and fully degradable after entering the environment through intended use;
  • Establishing new business models.

zuletzt geändert am: 06.05.2020 19:55 Uhr von C.Kniep