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Enabling innov‚Äčation through chemistry

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How does the DE Sustainable Chemistry Alliance measure its success?

The Alliance's success is measured by the size of its network, grants awarded, and partnerships formed among our members. The Alliance has laid down the first bricks of its foundation to become a virtual Center of Excellence where innovation can be developed, fostered and translated into commercial opportunities.

Do green practices result in increased costs across the board?

The belief exists that greener, cleaner practices increase costs for companies and, ultimately, for the consumer. The reality is that sustainable technologies provide a number of benefits, including:

  • reduced waste, eliminating costly end-of-the-pipe treatments
  • safer products, removing costly regulatory approval and safety systems in manufacturing
  • reduced use of energy and resources, making production more cost effective

Sustainable technologies ultimately improve competitiveness of chemical manufacturers and their customers.

Knowledge-based innovation and entrepreneurship will also have a long-term, positive impact on Delaware's economic health, global competitiveness and business community by attracting top talent and investment to the region. Sustainable chemistry innovation will drive growth across all sectors in the region, from agriculture, to building products and chemicals.

Why Delaware?

Chemicals and advanced materials contribute significantly to the local economy and account for approximately 15,000 jobs in Delaware and 4% of private industry employment. Sustainable chemistry is an important growth segment and focuses specifically on improving environmental impact and the manufacturing economics of chemicals and materials. Moreover, Delaware is recognized a global hub for chemical innovation and commercialization and is home to some of the world's largest and most respected chemical and advanced materials corporations. Indeed, approximately 30% of the nation's entire chemical workforce is employed by companies in the region and the area is also home to a growing base of scientists and technology leaders with the skills and experience to contribute to ongoing development and commercialization of sustainable technologies.

To meet the increasing need for DESCA's services in this area of expertise, DESCA's mission has similarly expanded to encompass the greater Delaware region and North East region.

Are there similar organizations elsewhere in the US?

There are indeed many organizations that focus on either entrepreneurship or green chemistry, however the DE Sustainable Chemistry Alliance is the only public-private entity of its kind in the US that combines a sustainability with a chemistry focus as well as entrepreneurship.

Why was the DE Sustainable Chemistry Alliance formed?

As with all of the states, Delaware lacked a collaborative environment where corporations, start-ups, universities and policy makers could establish a dialogue about critical issues and opportunities in the area of sustainable chemistry. The Alliance was formed to create this collaborate environment and develop an ecosystem whereby all of these entities could flourish.

What is "sustainable technology"?

Sustainable technology, sustainable chemistry, green chemistry, renewable energy, green buildings, clean technology, clean chemistry, energy distribution and storage, and renewable feed stocks are among the many terms used in this emerging industry to describe products and processes that are beneficial to the environment. At its most essential, sustainable technology involves the utilization of renewable materials to develop innovative products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous substances and positively affect the environment and society.

Sustainable chemistry in particular follows the principles of green chemistry to develop such products and processes, and applies across the life cycle of a chemical product, including its design, manufacture, and use.