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Promoting sustainability through green chemistry

Authors
Journal
Resources Conservation and Recycling
0921-3449
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
44
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.resconrec.2005.01.003
Keywords
  • Sustainability
  • Green Chemistry
  • Pollution Prevention
Disciplines
  • Agricultural Science
  • Chemistry
  • Design
  • Ecology
  • Geography
  • Political Science

Abstract

Abstract Green chemistry is an important tool in achieving sustainability. The implementation of green chemistry, the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances, is essential if the expanding global population is to enjoy an increased standard of living without having a negative impact on the health of the planet. Cleaner technologies will allow the chemical enterprise to provide society with the goods and services on which it depends in an environmentally responsible manner. Green chemistry provides solutions to such global challenges as climate change, sustainable agriculture, energy, toxics in the environment, and the depletion of natural resources. A collaborative effort by industry, academia, and government is needed to promote the adoption of the green chemistry technologies necessary to achieve a sustainable society.

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