Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development (ICGCSD)


To assist in advancing the objectives set out in the Strategic Plan adopted by IUPAC in 2015, this Interdivisional Committee will initiate, promote, and coordinate the work of the Union in the area of green and sustainable chemistry. It supersedes the sub-committee on Green Chemistry (of Division III).


Definition & Statement

Subcommittees and Commissions

Meeting Minutes

Virtual Meeting 22 March 2021 PDFedited by Aurelia Visa.

Virtual Meeting December 2020 PDF, edited by Aurelia Visa.

Virtual Meeting October 2020 PDF, edited by Aurelia Visa.

Virtual Meeting May 2020 PDFedited by Aurelia Visa.

Newsletter March 2020 PDF, edited by Aurelia Visa.

Attendees of the ICGCSD Conference Call Jan 2020

Virtual Meeting January 2020 PDFedited by Aurelia Visa.

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Activity Reports

Access Aug 2021 (PDF) presentation

– On 10 Aug 2021, ICGCSD held a meeting during the IUPAC virtual General Assembly; see full presentation (PDF – 4.9MB)

– On 4-10 July 2021, 13th Green Chemistry Post-graduate Summer School was held in Venice. This Summer School will be organized both onsite and online. Find more details in the Summer School Poster (PDF – 3.4MB) and at the following website: or FOLLOW daily brief!

– On 4-5 Dec 2018, scientists and chemistry professionals gathered for the OPCW workshop, “Green and Sustainable Chemistry: Fostering Safety and Security through Innovation” with the aim of strengthening international security through innovation and science. Pietro Tundo, Anna Makarova, and Supawan Tantayanon attended the meeting. Prof. Tundo shared the following 2 presentations: Chemistry Beyond Chlorine (PDF – 7MB) and ICGCSD: research and education according to SDGs perceptive (PDF file – 6MB).

– On 23 Oct 2018, ICGCSD chair Pietro Tundo, participated at the OPCW Forum on the Peaceful Uses of Chemistry, held at the OPCW Headquarters in The Hague on 23 October. During this forum, in a bid to strengthen international security through development, the Member States of the OPCW identified activities to help achieve the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (detailed program upon request).

– On 17-18 May 2017, ICGCSD chair Pietro Tundo, participated at the ISC3 inaugural Conference on Mainstreaming Sustainable Chemistry. The ISC3 or International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre wants to support the global breakthrough of Sustainable Chemistry; the project for the establishment of ISC3 was launched in March, 2015, by the German Federal Environment Agency.

– On 5 May 2017, ICGCSD contributed to the Global Online Discussion on Science, Technology and Innovation for the SDGs and commented on the following 2 topics. The Forum is on of UN Technology Facilitation Mechanism to foster discussion on the Sustainable Developments Goals.
TOPIC 1: Science, technology and innovation for the SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 9 and 14

TOPIC 2: STI plans, policies and capacity building


Current Projects

Terms of Reference

(i) To be responsible for advancing the strategic plan of the Union for green and sustainable chemistry and for coordination of all the work of the Union in this area to develop a coherent programme of action.
(ii) To initiate and coordinate projects in green and sustainable chemistry and to encourage activities in these areas from across the Divisions and Standing Committees.
(iii) To organize the series of IUPAC International Conferences on Green Chemistry and manage IUPAC participation in the PhosAgro/UNESCO/IUPAC Green Chemistry for Life awards programme and the IUPAC Prize in Atmospheric and Green Chemistry and any other related awards that may be established.
(iv) To seek additional sponsorship and support from industrial sources for its work.
(v) To work actively with the Committee on Chemistry and Industry (COCI) and the Committee on Chemistry Education (CCE) to stimulate and increase interest in green and sustainable chemistry in the theory and practice of industrial chemistry and chemistry education, through their external industrial and institutional relationships.
(vi) To listen to and be aware of the external industrial and institutional perspectives and priorities.
(vii) To be responsible, after consultation with all the relevant bodies of IUPAC, for advice to the President and Executive Committee on matters relating to harmonization, regulation and standardization in green and sustainable chemistry.
(viii) To be responsible for the promulgation of the work of the Union in green and sustainable chemistry through interaction with other relevant organizations with a common interest.
(ix) To ensure that any considered IUPAC view on Green Chemistry shall carry the fullest possible weight among other international organizations and to advise the Executive Committee as to our standing in these matters.
(x) To advise the President and the Executive Committee on suitable persons for appointment as Representatives of IUPAC on other bodies concerned with green chemistry for Sustainable Development Goals.

Terms of Office

(i) There shall be a standing Interdivisional Committee on Green Chemistry for Sustainable Development, composed of a Chair, a Secretary, up to three Titular Members and up to three Associate Members as a “core” membership, up to eight National Representatives and one Representative Member from each interested Division and Standing Committee.
(ii) The President, in consultation with the Executive Committee, shall appoint the Chair and the Secretary, the Titular Members and the Associate Members. ICGCSD and the Division Presidents and Standing Committees Chairs may propose names of persons suitably qualified for appointment.
(iii) The period of service of the core Titular Members and Associate Members shall be two years, renewable for a further term of two years. The period of service for Representatives from the Divisions and Standing Committees shall be two years, renewable up to a total of eight years.
(iv) The period of service of the Chair and of the Secretary shall be two years, renewable for a further term of two years. The sum of the years of service as a Titular Member or as an Associate Member and as the Chair or the Secretary shall not exceed ten years.
(v) The following organizations shall be invited to attend meetings of ICGCSD: United Nations Educational, Scientific Cultural Organization (UNESCO), International Council for Science Unions (ICSU), Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

(approved by Council in July 2017 and updated in August 2021)