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What are Green Chemistry and Sustainability?

Green chemistry is an approach to the field of chemistry that focuses on developing processes and products that are environmentally friendly, economically viable, and socially responsible. Green chemistry aims to minimize the negative impact of chemical processes on human health and the environment while maximizing the efficiency of resource utilization. Its over-arching goals are to minimize waste, reduce pollution, conserve resources, and promote the sustainable development of new technologies and materials.

Why is this important to you? Chemistry students will play a vital role in shaping the future of the chemical industry, ensuring that it becomes more sustainable and environmentally conscious.

Sustainability is a broader concept that encompasses environmental, social, and economic considerations. It aims to ensure the long-term well-being of current and future generations by balancing the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability involves finding a harmonious balance between social equity, economic viability, and environmental protection. It extends beyond the scope of chemistry and encompasses various disciplines, including economics, social sciences, and policy-making.

Green and Sustainable Chemistry: Framework Manual | United Nations

Illustrated Principles of Green Chemistry

Illustration of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2024 2:34 PM