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World Congress on Green Chemistry
Toward Environmentally Benign Processes and Products
Report of the Future Actions
Committee - June 2001
to project 021/18/97
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
- 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
- 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
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.
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