Circular Economy and Green Chemistry: what is the connection?

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Today I was honoured to take part on the International Seminar for Green Chemistry organized by SENAI, the educational, research and technological arm of the Brazilian Industry Association. The seminar was organized to launch the new innovation centre in Rio de Janeiro, which will be dedicated to Green Chemistry.

I have joined the first panel to discuss Market Trends together with Prof Dr Luuk van de Wielen from Delft University especialized in Green Chemistry, Fernando Figueiredo, Director-President of ABIQUIM (Brazilian Chemical Association), Professor Vania Zuin from USFCar and moderated by Antonio Augusto, Senai representative and responsible for the new Innovation Centre – ISI Quimica Verde.

The event has highlighted the benefits of Green Chemistry in a global context and demonstrated the potential for Brazil in terms of research and new businesses opportunities.

The Federal University of Rio de Janeiro had also an important role talking about the role of education and the need for skills development.

Government support, financial incentives and chemical risks were also key topics of discussion.

On my presentation I have demonstrated how Green Chemistry is embedded into the Circular Economy and the opportunity for Brazil to lead that discussion.

Green Chemistry, with the potential to generate natural materials, eliminate product toxicity, transform waste materials and prioritise renewables, represents one of the key principles of Circular Economy:

1. Eco-design and waste as a resource
2. Renewables and natural materials
3. Natural selection and diversity
4. Systemic and collaborative view

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