What is Green Chemistry?
Green Chemistry is an approach or manner of conducting research, product development and subsequent chemical manufacturing in an economically efficient manner with concurrent benefits to society, and particularly for the environment.
The application of green chemistry metrics has been adopted by many major chemical manufacturers. More broadly, it is now a major driver of innovation across a range of industries for the development of new materials and processes. This approach, demonstrating social responsibility, not only leads to improved functionality of chemicals, but also has a positive impact on human health and the environment. The ability to develop new, improved materials and processes requires regulators and companies to develop appropriate policies based on sound science and engineering that will improve safety and lessen adverse environmental impact. Green chemistry has been shown to be commercially viable for developing products or services that have enhanced performance qualities and/or cost savings in addition to reducing the environmental footprint of their businesses.
The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals provide a blueprint to achieve and better and sustainable future for all.
The application of green chemistry will assist many of these goals including: