About the Green Chemistry Network (GCN)

The Green Chemistry Network (GCN) aims to promote awareness and facilitate education, training and practice of Green Chemistry in industry, commerce, central, regional and local government, academia and schools. The Network was initially established in 1998 by the Green Chemistry Centre at the University of York, with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry, and is now funded on a project-by-project basis. Prof. James Clark is the Director of the GCN. The GCN is now a not-for-profit Company Limited by Guarantee (Registered in England and Wales, No: 6879262).

The main aim of the GCN is to promote awareness and facilitate education, training and practice of Green Chemistry in industry, commerce, academia and schools. This will be achieved by:

  • Providing links to other organisations and government departments.

  • Organising conferences/ workshops and training courses.

  • Providing educational material for universities & schools.

  • Promoting public engagement in green chemistry and its importance in today’s society.

  • Providing information in an easy to understand form for retailers and consumers.

  • Newsletters and books with close links to the Green Chemistry journal

  • Running specific-themed projects targeting key areas and groups

Green chemistry includes such concepts as waste minimisation, solvent selection, atom utilisation, intensive processing and clean synthesis. The challenge for chemists is to develop products, processes and services in a sustainable manner to improve quality of life, the natural environment and industry competitiveness.

Green Chemistry issues are here to stay. The most successful chemical companies of the future will be those who exploit its opportunities to their competitive advantage, and the most successful chemists of the future will be those who use Green Chemistry concepts in R & D, innovation and education.

The Green Chemistry Network aims to help these chemical companies and chemists by sharing best practice, promoting green technology transfer and providing data to show that adoption of green practices can also provide cost benefits for industry. In addition, we aim to make it possible for chemists of the future to grow up in an environment where green issues are not taught in isolation but form the underlying principles of all courses.

The 12 Principles of Green Chemistry according to the American Chemical Society and the US Environmental Protection Agency can be found on the ACS web site