12 Principles of Green Chemistry


Paul Anastas of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American chemist John Warner created a simple checklist – 12 green chemical principles – to assist in reducing the environmental impact and potential negative health effects of producing chemicals. The principles are:

  1. Waste prevention instead of remediation
  2. Atom economy or efficiency
  3. Use of less hazardous and toxic chemicals
  4. Designing safer chemicals
  5. Safer solvents and auxiliaries
  6. Design for energy efficiency
  7. Use of renewable feedstocks
  8. Reduce derivatives
  9. Catalytic rather than stoichiometric reagents
  10. Design for degradation
  11. Real-time pollution prevention
  12. Safer chemistry for accident prevention

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