Through innovative design, creation, processing, use, and disposal of substances, the chemical industry plays a major role in advancing applications to support sustainability in a way that will allow humanity to meet current environmental, economic, and societal needs without compromising the progress and success of future generations. Based on a workshop held in February 2005 that brought together a broad cross section of disciplines and organizations in the chemical industry, this report identifies a set of overarching Grand Challenges for Sustainability research in chemistry and chemical engineering to assist the chemical industry in defining a sustainability agenda. These Grand Challenges include life cycle analysis, renewable chemical feedstocks, and education, among others.
National Research Council. 2006. Sustainability in the Chemical Industry: Grand Challenges and Research Needs. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/11437.
|2. Enabling Science and Technology That Drives the Application of Sustainable Chemistry||19-40|
|3. New Chemistries and Processes That Lead to Commercially Viable Alternative Feedstocks to Fossil Fuels||41-53|
|4. Addressing the Energy Intensity of the Chemical and Allied Process Industry||54-66|
|5. Sustainability Science Literacy and Education That Enables the Adoption of More Sustainable Practices in the Chemical Industry||67-79|
|6. Conclusions and Recommendations||80-90|
|Appendix A. Statement of Task||91-93|
|Appendix B. Committee Biosketches||94-98|
|Appendix C. Workshop Agenda||99-102|
|Appendix D. Workshop Summary||103-155|
|Appendix E. Summary of Workshop Breakout Sessions||156-184|
|Appendix F. Workshop Speaker Biographies||185-190|
|Appendix G. List of Workshop Participants||191-194|
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