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There is a growing volume of hazardous chemicals in the world that have adverse effects on the environment and human health. Many governments and companies have already realized the need for reducing the amount of chemicals used and managing the hazards, and environmentally sound management of this growing volume of chemicals. But the increasing variety and complexity of chemicals and more intricate chemical supply chains and waste streams expose serious gaps, lapses and inconsistencies in government and international policies and corporate practices.

  • Long-term analysis shows that overall growth of chemicals demand and production is to continue in the future as opposed to being reduced
  • World chemicals sales are expected to reach €6.3 trillion in 2030 (Source: Cefic Chemdata International, 2017)
  • The global production, trade and use of chemicals are increasing, especially in developing countries and countries with economies in transition

There is a need for innovative approaches to reduce the use of hazardous chemicals throughout the industrial life cycle. Addressing challenges posed by hazardous chemicals requires holistic, wide-ranging actions. Innovation, application and knowledge-transfer of greener/sustainable approaches and technological solutions are essential.

  • One approach is Green Chemistry that is applied across the lifecycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, use, and ultimately disposal.

The Green Chemistry toolkit is developed under the Global Green Chemistry Initiative – a project lead by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in partnership with the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University. The partners aim to increase the general global awareness and capacities on deployable Green Chemistry approaches for the design of products and processes that advance global environmental benefits throughout their life cycles. This Initiative strives to support inclusive and sustainable industrial development and contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).