Sustainable Development

We pool and promote the competencies of chemistry that contribute to a sustainable development.

Who we are – What we do

The contribution of chemistry to a sustainable development is becoming increasingly important and is a key theme not only within the Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker (GDCh, German Chemical Society). Therefore, the GDCh inaugurated the work association “Sustainable Chemistry” already in 2007. The multi-faceted topics of sustainable chemistry are especially relevant for our future. To more effectively communicate the themes to the wider public, the work association was converted to the GDCh-division “Sustainable Chemistry” as of April 1, 2009.

What does ‘Sustainable Chemistry’ mean?

In general, ‘sustainability’ means societal development that meets the needs of people living today but that, at the same time, keeps the developmental options of future generations open. Thus, the equal consideration of economic, ecological and societal objectives is a fundamental and decisive factor just like the holistic consideration of products and processes over their entire life span (from “cradle to grave”). Consequently, in this context ‘sustainable chemistry’ means the investigation of utilizing material resources and their conversion without harming future generations. New developments in the area of sustainability make chemistry the central problem-solver of the next decades! How can this be specifically done? For example, by:

• Developing new catalytic processes in chemical production; 
• Saving energy and raw materials in chemical processes;
• Exploiting biomass for energy and raw materials which do not compete with food production;
• Using CO2 as a material;
• Promoting research and development work on new energy sources; 
• Devising solutions that chemistry can offer for all areas of life (such as mobility, nutrition, clothing,    homes);
• Contributing to all aspects of environmental protection (soil-, water- and air pollution control); and by
• Creating sustainable problem solutions along the entire life path and by incorporating the concept of sustainability in the education of students.

The division is handling the following work priorities:  
• Sustainable chemistry in teaching;
• Sustainable energy economy;
• Renewable resources;
• Catalysis;
• Alternative reaction conditions;
• Evaluation of chemical processes and products; and
• Sustainable products.

5 Years of REACH (EU Chemicals Ordinance concerning the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of CHemicals) and Other Contributions to a Sustainable Chemistry

Contributions of ECHA to the achievement of the REACH goals
G. Dancet, Helsinki/FI 
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USA Perspectives after REACH Enactment
K. Geiser, Lowell/US
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Six years REACH - lessons learned and first experiences - an industry's view
A. Hanschmidt, Frankfurt am Main, D 
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REACH - a science perpective for the coming 10 years
M. Führ, Darmstadt, D 
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REACH - Member States perspective to accelerate the program
A. Nies, Bonn, D
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zuletzt geändert am: 01.06.2018 12:18 Uhr von M.Fries