The first Green Chemistry Workshop held recently in Pretoria, South Africa, was organized by the National Cleaner Production Centre South Africa (NCPC-SA), in partnership with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Center for Green Chemistryand Green Engineering at Yale University; to address how chemistry and chemical engineering can be done to improve safety, sustainability and efficacy in the world.
As part of a global initiative, the conversations centered around how Green Chemistry is thinking differently, by using renewable materials that biodegrade easily in the environment and focuses on the inherent nature and properties of chemicals, materials, products, processes and systems; incorporating elements of chemistry, engineering, biology, toxicology and environmental science.
The workshop aimed to raise awareness about green chemistry, its role in society and opportunities in various research areas.
According to Ndivhuho Raphulu, Director of the NCPC-SA, the workshop was a crucial step in laying the foundation for transformative chemical engineering practices and served to highlight the need for chemists and engineers to bring their research and innovations in support of green industry, out of the laboratory and into the boardroom.”
The Green Chemistry Project is a natural and necessary progression in our mission to contribute to sustainable and responsible industrial development and a competitive South Africa,” Raphulu concludes.