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Since the 19th century industry has improved virtually every aspect of our lives, nevertheless in the second half of the 20th century questions were raised regarding the continuous industry development disregarding sustainability concerns. To answer these concerns the green chemistry principles were developed and have been changing the way society perceives chemical industry for the past two decades. It is expected that the green chemistry market will reach close to 100 billion $US by 2020.



Green chemistry and engineering changed the way the manufacture process is thought and industry, from small to big corporations, has started to adopt key elements of the 12 principles of green chemistry by the development of less hazardous processes, the optimization of chemical routes and the shift towards bio-based processes. There are examples of well-known companies, from materials to chemicals production, pharma and cosmetics, that are starting to embrace this discipline. However the implementation of green chemistry in industry has been a slow process mainly due to outdated entrenched industry practices.

For the implementation of green chemistry in industry a new paradigm must be adopted prioritizing collaboration among a broad range of stakeholders, technology forcing through costumer/market awareness, compromise by industry altering the status quo and enhanced education of both consumers and industry.

COST (European Cooperation in Science and Technology) is a funding agency for research and innovation networks. COST Actions help connect research initiatives across Europe and enable scientists to grow their ideas by sharing them with their peers. This boosts their research, career and innovation.

Action Details

  • MoU - 041/19
  • CSO Approval date - 04/06/2019
  • Start of Action - 14/10/2019
  • End of action- 13/04/2024
    Former end of action - 13/10/2023