Tackling a challenge of this nature requires collaboration across the supply chain, multidisciplinary research and development efforts, and appropriate policies and regulations to enable the new materials to be adopted.
Last year, the Royal Society of Chemistry brought together a diverse group of experts representing independent and governmental technology organisations and multiple industries and sectors, to share knowledge and begin to tackle this challenge. This formed part of Synergy, our programme for UK businesses who want to tackle complex chemistry topics collaboratively.
The findings of this group have now been published in a new report.
The report discusses reasons that industry may wish to adopt sustainable non-metallics in the future. These drivers include public perception and environmental awareness, future regulatory changes, climate change, business requirements, and advancements in key technologies.
As well as the trends influencing innovation in this topic, the report also outlines the technical challenges and potential gaps in existing knowledge. It identifies specific opportunities for cross-industry collaboration, and lists five key areas that will be important for enabling collaboration.