India's chemical industry has grown into a land of opportunities with its ever increasing manufacturing capacities. With prosperity comes problems that need immediate attention. India, like the rest of the world, has a huge responsibility to tackle pollution and waste. The Indian Chemical Industry Five Year Plan 2012-2017 calls for support of R&D and green technologies that use bio-based raw materials to reduce dependence on crude oil. It indicates the need to finance those who meet environment norms. It recognizes that legislation can cover the entire life cycle of chemicals. It encourages the industry to promote a green image by focusing on green products and processes (bio-feedstock, bio-degradable products, eco-friendly processes) and innovative approaches to deliver economic, environmental and social benefits. Along the lines of this vision, the chemical and allied industries in India have expressed tremendous interest in the following areas in recent years:
- Reduction of carbon emissions (carbon footprint)
- Water conservation (water footprint) and reducing effluent discharge
- Chemical hazard prevention
- Recycling / Wealth from waste
- Renewable energy
- Renewable raw materials/alternative feedstocks
To serve the above shifting needs of the Industry, the Green ChemisTree Foundation, along with various other committed organizations, facilitates the Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW), Asia’s largest platform created for bringing together various stakeholders of Chemical Industry to accelerate the implementation and industrialization of GC&E practices. It will mostly focus on the fields of Pharmaceuticals, Agro-chemicals, Dyes & Pigments, Specialty and Fine Performance Chemicals.
To bring this to effect, IGCW hosts n on topics that can be viewed as the most-impact areas. The seminars are designed to create a metaphorical 180º shift for participants, from their existing know-how to an implementable green paradigm for industrial GC&E practices. These Seminars will be held concurrently during the IGCW-2013 Convention along with the other 9 dimensions to address participants’ specific green chemistry & engineering requirements.
IGCW 2013 180º Seminars: Seminars will be conducted by domain experts, who will give focused presentations designed to bring forth technical insights and commercially viable methodologies.
Day I (6th Dec. 2013): Seminar on Green Processes & Matrices
"You can't manage what you don't measure," is an old adage that aptly describes the need for Green Chemistry matrices. People all over the world contribute into making these, some specific to industries, without which the efficiency of the green processes developed cannot be measured. The Green Processes & Measurements Seminar will look at such matrices in detail.
Day II (7th Dec. 2013): Seminar on Green Catalysts
One of the notorious chemicals in history has been aluminum chloride (AlCl3). It is a highly corrosive reagent that has now been replaced by many innovative green catalysts - one of them being lanthanide triflates. Such exemplary developments in this field will be touched upon in Seminar on Green Catalysts in successful case-studies.
Day II (7th Dec 2013): Green Solvents
Solvents contribute to carbon footprint in a big way. Researchers now focus more on solvent free reactions. Not using solvents in processes also provides economical savings in terms of separation that is further required downstream. While solvent-less reactions should be our goal, not all reactions proceed in such conditions and hence there is a need for greener solvents such as water. This seminar will delineate such developments in green solvents research and discuss finding more potential applications.
Day III (8th Dec): Seminar on Green Engineering
This seminar on Green Engineering will deliberate on various emerging aspects of green engineering, leading to significant reduction of chemical manufacturing’s environmental footprint. Case-studies will be shared on how Green Engineering technologies, with its focuses on the design of materials, processes, systems, and devices, can minimize the overall environmental impact and efficient utilization of energy.
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