Chemistry is helping us to live more sustainably with increasing pressures on food, water and other scarce natural resources.
10 June 2012
Producing freshwater from brackish water could be cheaper and easier than previously thought, according to researchers who have developed a new technique for desalination
06 June 2012
Pesticides play a vital role in food production. So do they really deserve their tarnished public image?
11 June 2012
Global drinks giant Coca-Cola is talking about its bottles again and specifically how it might make them out of bio-based polymers
Major retailers are starting to consider the environmental impact of the fabric dyeing and finishing processes used by their manufacturers. Fiona Case reports
Resource Efficiency Policy Activities
The RSC and its network aim to raise awareness and support research into water through various policy activities, public activities and other events.
16 October 2012
A joint report on innovative and sustainable responses to resource scarcity, launched by the RSC and the UK Science and Innovation Network in October 2012
The RSC's programme of work in agriculture looks at how chemistry, in partnership with other sciences can contribute to food security.
How Can Materials Chemistry Help? A white paper from the Chemical Sciences and Society Summit (CS3) 2010
The RSC's programme of work in sustainable products investigates closing the loop, from sustainable supply of critical raw elements to recycling component parts.
A list of RSC policy documents and reports relevant to the Resource Efficiency roadmap area
Conferences & Events
Syngenta’s International Research Centre,
17 May 2013
RSC BMCS & AgriNet Agriscience Symposium: Biological and Chemical Approaches Towards Combating Resistance in Agriculture
26 September 2013 09:00 17:00
University of Greenwich,
01 September 2013 - 05 September 2013
Divisions in Focus
Promotes the study and dissemination of all aspects of inorganic chemistry concerned with the chemistry of the elements and their compounds.
The Materials Chemistry Division (MCD) was born in 1993 at the first International Conference on Materials Chemistry (MC1) in Aberdeen.
ESED is open to all members of the RSC as a society wide grouping to represent environmental and related activities.
Meetings and workshops
Safety Harbor Resort and Spa,
United States of America
20 May 2013 12:30 - 23 May 2013 12:30
Edinburgh International Conference Centre,
28 July 2013 09:00 - 03 August 2013 17:00
04 November 2013 - 06 November 2013
Join the group on MyRSC and participate in the discussion [External Site]
Materials KTN helps with innovative ideas by connecting people with research providers, information sources and providers of research funding [External Site]
A Knowledge Transfer network at the forefront of the chemistry-using industries [External Site]
Discover a wealth of periodic table resources from the RSC, periodic table videos, news, games and podcasts
An engaging way for students to participate in International Year of Chemistry [External Site]
Prizes and Awards
For the contributions of chemical science to sustainable water
For the design, development or implementation of novel chemical products or processes with the potential to reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances
To recognise original and independent contributions to Materials Chemistry
R M Harrison
This comprehensive volume examines the environmental impact made by agriculture in the 21st Century, looking forward to the future with the lessons of the past.
R E Hester
In this book, a group of experts contribute articles covering a wide range of topics relevant to sustainable water.