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Chemrawn XIV
World Congress on Green Chemistry

Toward Environmentally Benign Processes and Products

Report of the Future Actions Committee - June 2001

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Executive Summary
The Future Actions Committee, composed of scientists around the world engaged in all aspects of the chemical enterprise, convened virtually and physically to deliberate on the necessary future actions required to move toward environmentally benign chemical products and processes. The committee recognizes the major contribution that industry both large and small , continues to make in Green Chemistry world-wide. The continuing growth of Green Chemistry involves the partnership of industry, academia, policy makers and non-governmental organizations. This report lays the foundation and framework for those future actions that will require extensive engagement and commitment of many individuals in order to make these important recommendations a reality.

The committee made the following findings and recommendations.


  • Green Chemistry and enabling approaches result in the protection of human health and the environment and helps preserve sustainability in manner that is economically profitable and increases competitiveness.
  • The incorporation of Green Chemistry and related approaches into the training of current and potential science students increases the effectiveness of recruitment and retention efforts in this crucial field.
  • Research investments are needed by both government and industry beyond current 'pilot program' levels to empower and enable the development and utilization of Green Chemistry technologies by the broad spectrum of private sector interests.
  • Many technologies which meet Green Chemistry objectives already exist and offer immediate opportunities to reduce environmental burdens and enhance economic performance.
  • Markets for next-generation innovative environmental technologies such as Green Chemistry need to be developed through international engagement and commercial promotion.
  • Incentives are necessary to catalyze the implementation of Green Chemistry innovations by industry to overcome barriers especially for small and medium sized enterprises.

Action Items

  • National centers for Green Chemistry should be established or expanded and these centers should be linked to create an effective world-wide network.
  • Basic research funding in Green Chemistry needs to be significantly increased.
  • Educational initiative funding in Green Chemistry focused on curriculum materials development, faculty training centers, fellowships, and recruitment and retention activities
  • Increased incentives for the initial implementation of Green Chemistry technologies by industry to offset investment, policy and regulatory barriers that may exist.
  • Green Chemistry and next generation environmental technology market development project to build market position for commercial opportunities in international trade.
  • International scientist exchange and research collaboration funding should be established . Informational outreach to educate industry, public, and environmental groups of the benefits of Green Chemistry adoption.

    Dr. Dennis L. Hjeresen is director of The Green Chemistry Institute.He is ACS and Chair, CHEM-RAWN XIV Organizing Committee.

    Dr. Paul T. Anastas is from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and is chair of CHEMRAWN XIV Future Actions Committee.

    <published in Chem. Int. 24(1) 2002>

    > Download full report (17 pages), pdf file - 128KB

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