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Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network

Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network, Japan

1) Background

The Green Chemistry(GC) Initiative, a task force consisting of representatives from Japanese chemical organizations, was formed in September 1998. It worked actively to implement practical methods of effectively pursuing the above goals. To this end, a workshop was held in Tokyo in November 1999. The participants agreed to establish a new organization, Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network(GSCN) and the official name, concept, structure and framework of the activities by this new organization.

2) Launching of GSCN

The Green & Sustainable Chemistry Network(GSCN) was officially launched in March 2000.

3) Mission of GSCN

The main mission of the GSCN is to promote R&D on Green & Sustainable Chemistry as a center of network, through such activities as promotion of collaboration including international activities, information exchange, communication, education and relevant proposals to funding agencies.


Definition of Green and Sustainable Chemistry

Green and Sustainable Chemistry is defined as chemical sciences and technologies which are benign to both human health and the environment, and support the development of a sustainable society.


Guidelines for Green and Sustainable Chemistry Activities

Chemical community has been addressing future-oriented research and education, and development of environmentally-benign systems, processes, and products for the sustainable development of society.

In response to the Rio Declaration at the Earth Summit in 1992, chemical community has been working on challenges in a unified manner among academia, industry and government with the launch of Green and Sustainable Chemistry. The outcomes include the pursuance of coexistence with the global environment, the satisfaction of society’s needs, and economic rationality, with consideration for improved health, safety and the environment across the life cycles of chemical products, their design, selection of raw materials, processing,use, recycling, and final disposal.

Long-term global issues, in areas such as resources, energy, global warming, water, food production, and demographic changes have increasingly become major complicated concerns requiring serious attention and innovative solutions. Therefore, expectations are growing for innovations, based on the chemical sciences and technologies, as driving forces to solve such issues and to achieve the sustainable development of society with enhanced quality of life and well-being.

Chemical community will meet these expectations by strongly advancing Green and Sustainable Chemistry through global partnership and collaboration and going beyond such traditional boundaries that involve the consumer, industry, academia, government and country.


Examples

Minimization of resource consumption and maximization of the efficiency of reaction processes for production with reduced environmental impact. This will be achieved through:



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