Professor Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, said: "As a global society we are facing urgent and pressing challenges, from rising sea levels to impacts on food production. There is increasing pressure on scarce resources such as the precious elements required for medicine, technology, and sustainable energy, and we’re facing unprecedented levels of pollution in the natural environment and in our air.
"Many of us are concerned about our natural environment and the impacts of climate change, with three quarters of young people surveyed for our recent Green Shoots report telling us that they feel anxious about the future of the planet. The chemical sciences will be central to unearthing the technologies, methods, and knowledge needed to safeguard the future of our planet – for us and for future generations. That’s why I’m proud that the Royal Society of Chemistry is leading the way by expanding their sustainability journals portfolio with these three new journals – providing a home for even more cutting-edge research to help tackle the urgent issues facing us all."
The announcement comes as part of the RSC’s wider sustainability programme, which encompasses policy, education, research and more. Recent activities include the Polymers in Liquid Formulations report – which raises awareness of the potential environmental impacts of products such as shampoo, detergent and paint, and the Precious Elements campaign, which highlighted the precious elements contained in everyday technology, and called for more sustainable manufacturing and better large scale recycling for these products.