07.06.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Realizing a sustainable society through green chemistry

©Ca’ Foscari University of Venice - Green and Sustainable Chemistry Poster

The promotion of a national coordination of the main actors in Green and Sustainable Chemistry is on the agenda at the upcoming meeting on 8 June in Venice. The event - organised by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in collaboration with UNESCO Venice Office and the Italian National Institute of Health that coordinates in Italy activities of the OECD’s Environment, Health and Safety Programme - has received the patronage of the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and National Research Council (CNR).

Green and sustainable chemistry is innovation at molecular level oriented towards the development of products and processes that eliminate or minimise the use and generation of substances hazardous for human health and for the environment, and lead to the conservation of energy and natural resources.

The Working Party on Sustainable Chemistry within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) - Environment Health and Safety Programme has been active since 1998. OECD member country Italy hosted two meetings in Venice, in 1998 and 2001, and shows an excellent scientific and technological background in the field. Yet, the coordination among research, academy and industry, necessary to undertake actions among the leader countries of this area, has not been initiated.

The UNESCO-UNITWIN Network for Green Chemistry MEGREC, coordinated by the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, has been established in 2006 with the aim to promote collaboration and research projects among universities of the Mediterranean Basin.

Towards this end, the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Sciences, Informatics and Statistics and the Department of Molecular Sciences and Nanosystems, has convened a meeting on “Green and Sustainable Chemistry” at the Aula Baratto (9am.-1pm.) and at the Auditorium Santa Margherita (2.30-4pm.).

The morning Workshop will address European activities carried out in this field. OECD, UNESCO and the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) will contribute to the discussion. The Italian point of view on the subject will be outlined by the CNR, and by local universities and industries. The connection with the recently instituted OECD Green Growth Knowledge Platform will be also highlighted.

The afternoon Discussion Panel will gather universities, public research institutions and industries around the perspectives of sustainable development - and in particular of Green and Sustainable Chemistry - in Italy in relation to its international perspectives. The draft of a position paper will be discussed.  

Additional information is available in Italian.

Link : UNESCO-UNITWIN Network for Green Chemistry MEGREC

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