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The Seven Elements Required for an Effective Green Chemistry Program

The Seven Elements Required for an Effective Green Chemistry Program

April 25, 2014


  Join us for the IQ Webinar Series at 11 AM ET on Friday 25 April

The Seven Elements Required for an Effective Green Chemistry Program

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM EDT (60-minute Presentation followed by a Question & Answer session)

Sustainability has been defined as the ability to meet the needs  of the present without compromising the ability of future  generations to meet their own needs. In a world that is challenged by an increasing population with an ever decreasing  supply of essential resources, such as petroleum, drinkable water, arable land, and raw materials, the need for sustainable development has never been more urgent.

Green chemistry and engineering represent an important framework for the “design and application of chemical products and processes to reduce or to eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances” that will help guide the development of such products and processes in a sustainable manner. The pharmaceutical  industry has been criticised for being among those entities generating the highest amounts of waste per kilogram of  product compared to the broader chemical industry. For the past decade a vitalization of green chemistry efforts have encompassed the  pharmaceutical industry as evidenced by a number of highly recognised success stories.

Process chemists and chemical engineers are in a unique position to impact the environmental footprint of their respective companies by designing and developing the processes in which new pharmaceutical  products are produced. As such, an effective green chemistry program is vital to any process research and development department wishing to embrace this important chemical philosophy. Hence, we will discuss the seven elements required for an effective green chemistry program, illustrated with examples:

1. Empowered green chemistry teams with management support
2. Metrics and targets
3. Resources and tools
4. Education

5. Awareness and recognition
6.  Investment in green technology
7. External collaboration

Presented by the IQ API Green Chemistry Working Group