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ISC3 SPOTLIGHT Sustainable Building & Sustainable Chemistry

In light of the important upcoming 5th Global Chemical Conference 2023 (Sept. 25-29, Bonn, Germany) the ISC3 showcases the importance of Sustainable Chemistry as the guiding framework for the future of sound chemicals management. ISC3's new event format "Sustainable Chemistry SPOTLIGHTS" highlights four core topics within Sustainable Chemistry, including Sustainable Building & Sustainable Chemistry, taking place online on 25 May 2023

How can Sustainable Chemistry assist in building – considering global megatrends? What are the most relevant innovative areas and potentials for Sustainable Chemistry in the field of Building and Building Materials?

Only one registration for all SPOTLIGHTS and sessions – click here




Session 1: Circularity and Sustainability Data

09:55am – 11:00am CEST

Phanos Hadjikyriakou (2050 Materials), Peyton Laine (Mind the Chain), Juan Morillas Share your Green Design), Cecilia Wandiga (CSTI), Jens Krol (ISC3)

From a network to connect the world of green housing and design, to the first steps towards a circular economy and sustainable data for building materials – this session gives an overview of how Sustainable Building and Sustainable Chemistry are connected.

Session 2: Avoiding Hazardous Substances

11:00am – 12:30pm CEST

Sandra Averous Monnery (UNEP), Olivier Jolliet (Technical University Denmark), Kennedy Olale (Kisii University), Theo Silberston (UNEP), Cecilia Wandiga (CSTI), Jens Krol (ISC3)

This eye-opening session on construction materials and the hidden dangers they may harbour will show where hazardous substances lurk in building materials, how to identify and avoid these potentially harmful chemicals. Additionally, the effect on human health and the ecosystem will be discussed.

We are delighted to announce, that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will unveil a new project focused on eliminating hazardous chemicals from construction materials in this session.

Be among the first to learn about their ground-breaking efforts and the strategies they are developing to create safer and more sustainable building practices.

Session 3: Sustainable Concrete and International Cooperation

12:55pm – 13:45pm CEST

Stefan Landauer (GIZ), Wolfram Schmidt (Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung und -prüfung), Cecilia Wandiga (CSTI), Jens Krol (ISC3)

Urbanization presents a pressing challenge for Africa, with the continent projected to have 13 of the world's largest 20 cities by the end of the century. This rapid urban growth necessitates sustainable and resource-efficient practices. However, it also brings socio-economic complexities, including inequalities, environmental pollution, and strain on essential systems. The presentations explore the opportunities and challenges of African urban growth, highlighting the potential for local material solutions, leapfrog innovations in construction technologies, and the importance of balancing rural and urban development.

This session discusses projects from Argentina, Ghana and other African countries, where innovative approaches to make the concrete industry more resource-efficient were applied.

Session 4: Plastics and Sustainable Building: Research and E-learning

13:45pm – 14:30pm CEST

Oleg Ditkovskiy (ISC3), Kersten Ulrich (ISC3), Katja Wendler (DECHEMA), Cecilia Wandiga (CSTI), Jens Krol (ISC3)

Join an engaging session as Dechema and the International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) unveil the findings of their in-depth studies centered around the use of plastics in the construction sector. Valuable insights into the implications and potential solutions associated with this critical topic will be discussed.

Additionally, the ISC3's newly launched E-learning course, designed to provide comprehensive knowledge and tools for addressing the challenges and opportunities surrounding plastics in construction, will be launched. Don't miss this opportunity to expand your understanding and contribute to a more sustainable future in the construction industry.

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