An international network for sustainable chemistry

International Sustainable Chemistry Network

ISCnet – International Sustainable Chemistry Network

ISCnet is short for “International Sustainable Chemistry Network”

Researchers and experts from enterprises, universities and research institutions, the chemical industry and its partners belong to ISCnet as do NGOs worldwide. As members of our independent network, they are signalling their commitment to sustainable chemistry.

Our ambition is to secure economic success through sustainable chemistry – and this can be done, as the many success stories in our service centre prove. You’d like to contribute to spreading the idea of sustainable chemistry?

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What ISCnet stands for

For us, sustainable chemistry does not just mean avoiding or reducing environmental pollution and hazards for employees in the production and utilization of chemicals (chemical safety). To achieve this goal, less hazardous and better degradable substances are used, for example, or ones derived from natural raw materials. Alongside these health-related and ecological considerations, social and economic issues are also important in the manufacture and use of chemical products. Through our members’ success stories, we want to show that economic success and environmentally conscious action do not need to be contradictory.

Why sustainability in chemistry? – The UN’s sustainability goals

We are faced with tremendous global challenges. The world’s growing population must be fed, requires access to energy, resources and healthcare, whilst at the same time ecosystems and climate need to be protected. In view of these global developments, the United Nations agreed with its Agenda 2030 in the autumn of 2015 to work together on a total of 17 sustainable development goals. The aim is to reconcile global economic progress with social justice and the protection of our ecosystems.

Central role of the chemical industry in the sustainability goals

The chemical industry plays a crucial role along the path to a sustainable society. On the one hand, it is a source of problems because it consumes vast quantities of raw materials and energy and works in some cases with very hazardous substances. That is why the objective is to make the production and utilization of chemicals around the globe even safer. On the other hand, the chemical sector today already plays an important role in solving the problem through innovative materials and products and as such offers broad opportunities for economic progress above all in developing and emerging countries – whilst at the same time protecting health and the environment. A sustainability-oriented chemical industry can therefore make a major contribution to achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our vision: To make chemistry sustainable worldwide!

We are convinced: Chemical companies with suitable innovations which operate with sustainability in mind will assert themselves in the global market – whether in product development or the improvement of manufacturing conditions. These enterprises are joining forces in ISCnet with scientists, practitioners from other industries, NGOs and other international players and together making sure that our vision of sustainable chemistry is promoted worldwide.

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3rd Green & Sustainable Chemistry Conference

Call for Paper is open - submit your abstract on green and sustainable chemistry related topics until 15 December

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Job Offer: Innovation Manager Sustainable Chemistry

For the establishment of the “Innovation Hub” of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center (ISC3) at DECHEMA in Frankfurt (Germany) we are looking for a dedicated and engaged individual to support our team.

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The ISC3 has been launched

An international conference in Berlin on May 17-18, 2017 on „Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry“ marked the start of the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center (ISC3).

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ISCnet – International Sustainable Chemistry Network