The Industrial Sustainable Chemistry (ISC) Group focuses on the transition to a circular economy and more specifically the transition from a fossil-based to a bio-based economy, connecting sustainable development and production of energy and chemicals. The group’s focus is on future polymers with bulk volume potential. We are active in projects involving biorefinery technology (industrial sugars), and monomers from biomass and from CO2 (the only two alternatives for fossil feedstock when making polymers).
Sustainability is one of the flagship themes of the UvA. This area is rapidly expanding and of high societal relevance as a result of global challenges in the area of climate change and related environmental issues, the finite nature of a broad range of fossil resources, as well as public policy issues associated with the exploitation and supply of energy, fuels and materials.
The following critical research questions are highly relevant for the ISC research activities:
*Ellen McArthur Foundation (3.5% annual average annual growth until 2050)
The ISC research group is aware that also the “non-technological” aspects of the transition to a circular economy are of great importance. Now that all 193 members of the UN have set the 2030/2050 agenda for Sustainable Development in Paris (December 2015), the question is how we can implement the transformation of our society to a circular one. Cross-sector collaborations need to be developed (communication, ecology, (environmental) psychology, etc.).