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19th ‘Green Chemistry’ Challenge Opens

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Federal environmental officials are recruiting greener chemicals, products and reactions for the 2014 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's annual green chemistry competition seeks safer, cleaner, and more efficient industry technologies.

The awards recognize outstanding technologies that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use.

Companies or institutions may nominate innovations that feature the design of greener chemicals/products, green chemical synthesis, or greener chemical reactions.

Presidential Green Chemistry Awards
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Since 1996, EPA has chosen 93 winners from more than 1,500 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge entries.

The deadline for submissions is April 30.

Cleaner, Safer Chemicals

EPA says it plans to recognize winners this fall in each of these five categories: greener synthetic pathways, greener reaction conditions, design of greener chemicals, small business, and academic.

"The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards recognize innovative technologies that are making chemicals and chemical processes safer, more efficient, or cleaner," said Jim Jones, EPA's assistant administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention.

The awards are sponsored by the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and industry, trade associations, academic institutions and other government agencies.

93 Awards

Over 1,500 technologies have been nominated and 93 awards presented since the challenge started in 1996.

Across the country, EPA says green chemistry practices have:

  • Eliminated more than 826 million pounds of hazardous chemicals and solvents from industrial processes and consumer products;
  • Saved 21 billion gallons of water; and
  • Prevented 7.9 billion pounds of carbon pollution emissions to the air.
green chemistry technologies

The awards recognize innovative technologies that are making chemicals and chemical processes safer, more efficient, or cleaner.

Green chemistry technologies can offer significant savings to companies through reduced material needs, energy use and compliance-related costs, according to EPA.

A Pike Research Report from 2011 concluded that green chemicals would save industry $65.5 billion by 2020.

Previous Green Chemistry award winners include:

  • An additive used during aluminum production that prevents billions of pounds of CO2 emissions each year;
  • A water treatment system for industrial and commercial cooling systems that uses fewer chemical additives and saves billions of gallons of water per year; and
  • A redesigned synthesis for a pharmaceutical ingredient that prevents over one million pounds of hazardous waste a year.

Winners have included The Sherwin-Williams Company; Arkema Coating Resins; Bayer Corp./Bayer AG, The Dow Chemical Company, and BASF.

"These game-changing technologies are having real-world results with significant reductions in waste and greenhouse gas emissions, as well as substantial savings of water and other resources," Jones said.

"As an added benefit, these technologies often result in reduced costs, increases market opportunities, or both."

   

Tagged categories: American Chemical Society; Arkema Inc.; Awards and honors; BASF; Bayer; Coating chemistry; Coatings technology; Construction chemicals; Dow Chemical Company; Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); Green Chemistry Awards; Sherwin-Williams

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