Green Chemistry and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities

Date: May 21, 2021 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM IST

Overview

The Chemical industry in India is at the cusp of a new growth phase with global and Indian companies scaling up operations to meet the increased domestic and global demand. Most of the products that we consume can be traced to some form of chemical process which to our mind involves consumption of nature’s resources that are fast depleting. This also leads to damaging the environment if not handled sustainably. It is here that the role of Green Chemistry comes to the fore.

Green chemistry aims to reduce chemical related impact on human health and virtually eliminate contamination of the environment through dedicated, sustainable prevention measures. One of the key components of Green Chemistry is Environment Technology, also referred to as `green’ or `clean’ technology and it aims to conserve, monitor and reduce the negative impact of technology on the environment and the consumption of resources. Sustainable chemistry cannot be conducted in the absence of green chemistry.

The increased scrutiny of processes that damage the environment has led to governments giving more importance to the role of Green Chemistry in sustainability.  

Many of the manufacturing processes adopted by the Chemical industry has led to release of dangerous affluent into the atmosphere and this has caused concern. Most of the large chemical companies are conscious of their responsibility and have included sustainability as part of their manufacturing process. Smaller companies are in need of guidance to implement such strategies. We speak to experts to find the road ahead.

Governments around the world needs to do more to provide incentives for research on chemical reactions that require less energy, manufacturing processes that generate less waste, and products that are less harmful to the environment. A collaborative effort by industry, academia, and government is needed to promote the adoption of the green chemistry technologies necessary to achieve a sustainable society.

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Key discussion Points:

- Green chemical processes and applications
- Green Chemistry and Technology
- Green separation techniques
- Waste management and recycling
- Energy & water conservation
- Waste reduction
- Climate Change Mitigation
- CO2 capture, storage and utilization
- Energy storage and network
- Green solvents for energy conversion
- Biofuels and bioenergy
- Cleaner production and Green Nanotechnologies
- Future Challenges in Green Chemistry and Engineering
- Hydrogen energy and fuel cells