Sustainable plastics roundtable discussion
In response to the growing awareness of the impact of plastic waste in the environment, the RSC Materials Chemistry Division hosted a roundtable discussion meeting on 1 March 2019. The meeting brought together stakeholders from across the chemical sciences research community (including academic experts in polymer science, sustainable chemistry, and the impacts of plastics on the environment) to contribute their views on the future for sustainable plastics, and on the contribution that the chemical sciences will make. A summary of the discussions is available for download below.
Sustainable plastics – the role of chemistry
Clean Air Strategy Consultation 2018
Chemical scientists have an important role to play in reducing air pollution as well as in helping us to understand and monitor it. We submitted a response, developed in collaboration with our members, to the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs consultation on the Draft Clean Air Strategy 2018.
Draft Clean Air Strategy 2018 Consultation Response
Principles for the Management of Chemicals in the Environment
We have developed a thought starter document covering the ‘principles for the management of chemicals in the environment’ that our community considers are important to the development of new environment policy.
This document was produced in collaboration with members of our Environment and Regulation Collective.
Principles for the management of chemicals in the environment
Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life Consultation
We responded to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee Inquiry on Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life.
In this response, we focus on four overarching action points that relate to all of the questions posed in the inquiry and we believe require further investigation and consideration by government:
1) The need for decision-making principles for chemicals and products regulation (as per our Principles for the Management of Chemicals in the Environment).
2) The need for effective and independent scientific evaluation and advice mechanisms to ensure consumer confidence in credible chemicals safety decisions
3) The need for globally harmonised outcomes for chemicals and products regulations
4) The development of biomonitoring of chemicals in humans and wildlife
Toxic Chemicals in Everyday Life Consultation Response