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Sustainability

In this collection we explore sustainable solutions for addressing global challenges, covering interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability, including renewable energy sources, green chemistry, reducing waste and emissions, circular economy principles, and solutions for a low carbon and net zero future.

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Sustainable labs

The Royal Society of Chemistry’s Sustainable laboratories report uncovers what chemists are already doing to reduce the environmental footprint of their research, while at the same time continuing to deliver the ground-breaking discoveries and innovation that make the world a better place. This report shares the barriers and trade-offs they face in making sustainability-related changes, and the many opportunities for collaboration and other positive action.

The Royal Society of Chemistry also curated a special collection of research from its journals that showcases some of the innovative approaches to reduce the environmental impact of research, from solvent selection guides to machine learning approaches and more.

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The labs pointing to a greener future for Africa

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Tackling climate is not just a job for scientists in more developed countries. Munyaradzi Makoni talks to researchers in Kenya and South Africa to find out more

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The RSC’s climate challenge

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The Royal Society of Chemistry aims to use Cop26 as a springboard to a more sustainable future. Rachel Brazil reports 

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Sustainable lab buildings

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After a decade of grassroots growth, the laboratory sustainability movement is bursting into the mainstream finds James Mitchell Crow

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It's even cheaper being green

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Reducing the environmental impact of your lab can save money as well as water and fuel. Phillip Broadwith reports

Green chemistry

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Redox reactions ‘mine’ old fluorescent light bulbs for europium

In just three simple steps rare earth element can be recovered, avoiding ‘ecologically devastating’ mining

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Biomass, plastic waste and carbon dioxide feedstocks key to cutting chemical industry’s emissions

Royal Society report warns that without intervention defossilisation of the chemicals sector will take many decades

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Chemists funded to cut the environmental footprint of their labs

The Royal Society of Chemistry to support 33 projects in 11 countries aiming to make chemistry research greener

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Research

Analysis of three French chemistry labs shows how they could halve their carbon footprint by 2030

Open-source tool helps researchers evaluate a series of carbon mitigation strategies

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