The Green Chemistry Project
In February 2017, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched a multi-stakeholder project to raise global awareness about the benefits and necessity of Green Chemistry, and to implement Green Chemistry methodologies and technologies.
The Green Chemistry Project responds to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals number 9 (Build Resilient Infrastructure, Promote Inclusive and Sustainable Industrialization and Foster Innovation) and number 12 (Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns).
Who is involved
The three-year project is the first Global Environment Facility-funded global public-private partnership to bridge the gap between science-based innovation and real-world application of Green Chemistry in developing countries and economies in transition.
The international collaboration benefits from research by the Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering at Yale University and other partners, including the German Federal Environmental Foundation; Braskem, the largest thermoplastic resins producer in the Americas; as well as National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs) from Latin America, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.
In South Africa, the project is implemented by the NCPC-South Africa, a programme of the Department of Trade and Industry, and hosted by the CSIR.
Among other activities, the Green Chemistry collaboration offers training opportunities, develops training materials on best practices in the field; and documents case studies of Green Chemistry implementation.