Green Chemistry

The chemical sector is responsible for about 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions and most chemical components are currently processed from fossil-based raw materials.

Green chemistry searches for new sustainable developments in the design and production of chemical products, to reduce use of hazardous compounds and halt environmental contamination. Sustainable and green chemistry practices are at the core of an efficient transition towards a circular bioeconomy paradigm.

Innovative Green care initiatives are emerging within the bioeconomy including:

Wood adhesives
& preservatives

Foams

Composite
matrices

Laminates

Hard & flexible
plastics

Flexible flims

Abrasives
grinding discs

Stories



12 Principles of Green Chemistry

12 principles of “green chemistry” underpin more environmentally benign chemical processes with less waste, higher efficiency and toxicity to human health and the environment.

Website


The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry on video

Watch this series of videos covering the principles of green chemistry in 20-minute bite-sized chunks.

Video


Lignin – a natural resource with huge potential

Lignin is a wood component that is proving to be a particularly promising resource. Though currently almost exclusively used for generating energy, its potential goes far beyond.

Article


Green chemistry from forest: innovative processes products

This research project develops methods to improve and increase the use of forest biomass, focussing on the main components of biomass, cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and extractives.

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