Sustainable Chemistry

For more than 30 years, we have already dealt with the topics of the future of chemistry and chemical safety. In recent years, we have advised various organizations in chemical policy and companies on plant-related issues.
 
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TOP Publication of two studies from the ISC3 project (September 15, 2017)
In the framework of the ISC3 project, BZL GmbH has prepared the study "Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector" and participated in the study "Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry". The studies are now available on our website or the UBA website:

  • Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector. UBA-Texte 82/2017.
    The objective of this study was to create a knowledge base by mapping the most relevant initiatives/approaches in the field of sustainable chemistry. For this purpose, the following sectors were examined: Green chemistry (n = 8), international organizations (2), (chemical) industry approaches (5), approaches from the upstream/downstream value chain (3), approaches at company level (6), approaches in sustainability reporting, sustainability rating and socially responsible investment (4), approaches from further non-governmental/non-profit organisations (NGOs/NPOs) (1), and research approaches (1). Gaps were identified and recommendations for the future work of the ISC3 were derived.
    Download: Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector. UBA-Texte 82/2017 (pdf, 5,8 MB)
    Download (external link): Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector. UBA-Texte 82/2017 (pdf, 5,8 MB)
  • Bazzanella A., Friege H., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry. UBA-Texte 83/2017.
    The objective of this study was to identify to identify priority topics, i.e. technical solutions, concepts, business models etc., in the field of Sustainable Chemistry. A desktop research has been performed to elucidate specific challenges and recent innovations in different fields of application and industrial sectors: 1) petrochemicals and base chemicals, 2) polymers,3) agrochemicals (pesticides), 4) fertilisers, 5) coatings, dyes, pigments and adhesives, 6) detergents, cleaning agents and personal care products, 7) chemical fibres, 8) construction chemistry , 9) pharmaceuticals, 10) nano-materials. Other chapters depict funding programmes and awards related to sustainable chemistry in the EU and the U.S., as well as tax instruments, funding and regulatory framework conditions supporting sustainable chemistry in Brazil as an example of a major emerging region with strong chemical industry. Finally, two separate chapters have been dedicated to the issue of sustainability assessment, in which a more in-depth discussion on the aspect of sustainability is provided for two examples: a) construction materials for thermal insulation as an application field and b) different synthesis routes from fossil and renewable feedstock to acrylic acid.
    Download: Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry. UBA-Texte 83/2017 (pdf, 2,3 MB)
    Download (external link): Identification of Priority Topics in the Field of Sustainable Chemistry. UBA-Texte 83/2017 (pdf, 2,3 MB)

 

TOP ISC3 – International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (2015-2017)
From March 2015 to June 2017, BZL GmbH was part of a consortium (together with N-hoch-3 and DECHEMA), which supported the German BMUB/UBA in building an International Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Chemistry the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Center (ISC3) (external link). The Conference on Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry & Launch of ISC3 and ISCnet took place at the Federal Environment Ministry in Berlin on May 17/18, 2017.

 

TOP 2nd Green and Sustainable Chemistry Conference, Berlin, May 14-17, 2017
At this conference, we presented the results of our study from the ISC3 project "Sustainability initiatives and approaches in the chemical sector". The study itself will soon be published on the UBA website.

 

TOP Policy Paper on SAICM and Sustainable Chemistry (2017)
SAICM stands for Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management. The SAICM mandate ends in 2020. The international negotiations are now under way for a follow-up (SAICM beyond 2020). The first meeting of the SAICM successor platform took place in Brasilia, Brazil, in February 2017. Prof. Dr. Henning Friege (N-hoch-3, external link) and Dr. Barbara Zeschmar-Lahl introduced a discussion paper for the first meeting of the SAICM successor platform: Beneficiary contributions of the concept of Sustainable Chemistry to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management beyond 2020 – Policy paper as stimulus for the lunch dialogue during the First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process in Brasilia, 7-9 February 2017. Beneficiary contributions of the concept of Sustainable Chemistry to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management beyond 2020 – Policy paper as stimulus for the lunch dialogue during the First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process in Brasilia, 7-9 February 2017.

 

TOP Mercury Management in China (2011)
For GIZ, we were active in the Minamata Convention negotiations in China.

  • Lahl, U.: Possible Recommendations – Progress Report. China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED), Special Policy Study on Mercury Management in China, Beijing, June 1.-2., 2011
    Download: Presentation slides (pdf, 1,9 MB)

 

TOP Going Green: Chemicals. Fields of action for a resource-efficient chemical industry (2011)
The aim of the study “Going Green” was to show the changes that the chemical industry in Germany must undergo in order to meet the environmental and climate protection targets while at the same time keeping its production competitive. The study was commissioned and published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. It was discussed in 2012 at several events with representatives from industry and politics (see lectures).

  • Going Green: Chemicals. Fields of action for a resource-efficient chemical industry. Commissioned and published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation. Volume 19 of the Ecology Series, 2011
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    Going Green: Chemicals (pdf, 1,41 MB)

 

TOP More publications (selected)

  • Lahl U.: Marine litter – why we need chemical answers. Lecture at the Ecochem 2013 – The Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event. Congress Center Basel, 19.11.2013.
  • Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: RISKCYCLE and EU Legislation. In: Bilitewski B., Darbra R.M., Barceló D. (Eds.): Global Risk-Based Management of Chemical Additives II. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry 23, 137-152, 2013
  • Lahl U., Zeschmar-Lahl B.: RISKCYCLE and EU Legislation. RISKCYCLE – Risk Based Management of Chemicals and Products in a Circular Economy at a Global Scale. Beiträge zu Abfallwirtschaft/Altlasten Band 87, 201-212, 2012