Risk management of chemicals

Sustainable Chemistry


what's new?

The OECD releases a new report on "Economic Features of Chemical Leasing".

You will find in the report :

  • An overview of the potential market of Chemical Leasing and examples of practical implementation;
  • A description of the stakeholders involved;
  • A description of the costs and benefits, drivers and barriers of implementing the model;
  • An analysis of the functioning of Chemical Leasing versus traditional contracts;
  • Proposed initiatives that could be undertaken to facilitate the take-up of the model.

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Economic Features of Chemical Leasing

A Definition of Sustainable Chemistry

"Sustainable chemistry is a scientific concept that seeks to improve the efficiency with which natural resources are used to meet human needs for chemical products and services. Sustainable chemistry encompasses the design, manufacture and use of efficient, effective, safe and more environmentally benign chemical products and processes."

Sustainable chemistry is also a process that stimulates innovation across all sectors to design and discover new chemicals, production processes, and product stewardship practices that will provide increased performance and increased value while meeting the goals of protecting and enhancing human health and the environment.

Benefits of Sustainable Chemistry

The environmental and societal benefits of sustainable chemistry include:
  • Avoiding the use of persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic, and otherwise hazardous materials;
  • Using renewable resources and decreasing consumption of non-renewable resources,
  • Minimising negative environmental impacts of chemical processing and manufacturing;
  • Providing technologies that are economically competitive for and advantageous to industry.

OECD projects underway

The Economic Features
of Chemical Leasing :

Chemical Leasing  is a service-oriented business model that aligns the interests of the chemical supplier with those of the chemical user by compensating the service of the chemical rather than the chemical volume sold and used. This study presents a review of the literature on the economic features of the chemical leasing, focusing on the drivers and barriers and comparing their functioning to traditional contracts.

Better Design of Plastics
and Plastic Products :

A workshop is in preparation in early 2018 on the "Design of Sustainable of Plastics from a Chemicals Perspective". The workshop will focus on the design stage of a plastic product and how chemical selection considerations influence the overall environmental and health impacts from chemicals at various stages of the product manufacture, use and end-of-life.  

OECD Work relating to Sustainable Chemistry 

  • Publications on Sustainable Chemistry:

Role of Government Policy in Supporting the Adoption of Green/Sustainable Chemistry Innovations

Sustainable Chemistry: Evidence on Innovation from Patent Data

Need for Research and Development and Development Programmes in Sustainable Chemistry



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