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Green Chemistry Network


The Green Chemistry Network (GCN) aims to promote awareness and facilitate education, training and practice of Green Chemistry in industry, commerce, central, regional and local government, academia and schools. 

The network was initially launched in 1998 with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry and is now funded on a project-by- project basis. The GCN is a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered in England and Wales, No: 6879262).

The aims of the GCN are achieved by:

  • Providing news and information about green chemistry via its website and newsletters

  • Providing links to other organisations and government departments

  • Helping to organise and promote relevant conferences/workshops and training courses

  • Acting as a source of expertise in areas relating to green chemistry

  • Providing educational material for universities & schools

  • Running specific-themed projects targeting key areas and groups

  • Establishing and supporting not-for-profit Research Centres focused on R&D in green chemical processes and regional networks for the promotion of green chemistry

Green chemistry includes such concepts as waste minimisation, solvent selection, atom utilisation, intensive processing and alternative synthetic routes from sustainable resources. 

The challenge for chemists is to develop products, processes and services in a sustainable manner to improve quality of life, the natural environment and industry competitiveness.

Green Chemistry issues are here to stay. The most successful chemical companies of the future will be those who exploit its opportunities to their competitive advantage, and the most successful chemists of the future will be those who use Green Chemistry concepts in R & D, innovation and education.

The Green Chemistry Network aims to help these chemical companies and chemists by sharing best practice, promoting green technology transfer and providing data to show that adoption of green practices can also provide cost benefits for industry. 

In addition, the GCN aims to make it possible for chemists of the future to grow up in an environment where green issues are not taught in isolation but form the underlying principles of all courses.

Related Links

Link icon Green Chemistry Network
Administered by the Green Chemistry Centre in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York


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