Minimising the environmental footprint of research
How can we carry out scientific research in an environmentally sustainable way, while ensuring research safety, quality and impact?
We invited members of the chemical sciences community to share their views and experiences on this topic. Their responses form the basis of our new Sustainable laboratories report, and will inform our ongoing efforts to support the community in their efforts towards creating greener labs.
Why is this work important?
Science and technology are key to a more sustainable future – in everything from tackling disease to developing new technologies for clean energy generation.
Laboratories – found in universities, research institutes, hospitals and companies – are essential to research, analysis and teaching. They often bring together several disciplines and involve different configurations and scales of wet, dry and computational facilities.
However, laboratory buildings, processes and equipment, by their nature, can be resource and energy intensive. Safely carrying out high-quality research can require temperature control, ventilation or high sterility. And the sourcing, manufacture and disposal of specialised laboratory consumables and instruments also have an environmental footprint.
Our Sustainable laboratories report
In our report, we uncover what chemists are already doing to reduce the environmental footprint of their research, while at the same time continuing to deliver the ground-breaking discoveries and innovation that make the world a better place. We also share the barriers and trade-offs they face in making sustainability-related changes, and the many opportunities for collaboration and other positive action.
Read the report