Sustainable Design

The chemical industry should be seen as an enabler of solutions to decarbonise and dematerialise the global economy by making products that save energy, close resource loops and create a net emission reduction along the chemical value chain. The chemical industry can no longer focus on fixing the problems it thinks it owns; huge opportunities exist for those businesses that develop an understanding of sustainable design. Chemistry underpins and enables key emerging technologies identified as necessary to tackle societal challenges and ensure the competiveness of economies.

With just the UK market for environmental products and services estimated at £50-75bn, there has never been a greater opportunity for the UK chemistry-using industries to develop the products and services to meet this demand and, at the same time, enhance their reputations with stakeholders (i.e. customers, employees and investors).


Sustainable Design Guide

Chemistry Innovation has developed a Sustainable Design Guide for companies in the chemistry-using industries that want to implement sustainable design principles but need some practical help. The Guide will enable the application of eco-design principles in innovating new products, processes and services with benefits to the environment, society and downstream customers.

The Sustainable Design Guide workbook is a unique collection of practical ideas and solutions that have been developed and successfully exploited in many sectors. It provides a structured approach to understanding the concepts and materials needed to integrate sustainable design into new or existing business processes based on current best practice. The workbook is also a valuable resource for the teaching of sustainability thinking in chemistry and chemical engineering courses.


The Guide workbook can be used as a reference text to ideas and concepts, a stand alone process that can be implemented in an organisation (full guidance on how to run internal workshops is given), or the manual to a larger programme of innovation projects. The workbook can be purchased via the above link or obtained when attending on the Sustainable Design Workshops that introduce the process. You can also contact us for help in how best to approach sustainable design in your organisation.

Supporting the Guide is the (free) Chemistry Innovation booklet on Global Trends & Drivers affecting the chemistry-using industries. This provides an analysis of the threats and opportunities facing our sector from a sustainability perspective.

Sustainable Technologies roadmap

The Sustainable Technologies roadmap provides a clear picture of the challenges, opportunities, gaps and actions that need to be taken to secure a successful future for industrial chemistry. This resource also maps out key sustainable chemical technologies, downstream sector needs and presents over 250 case studies of the application of chemistry innovations to solve commercial sustainability problems. The Roadmap is currently being refurbished to better support the Sustainable Design Guide. (Roadmap Link

New Frontiers

New Frontiers

NEW FRONTIERS is a new initiative to stimulate and support the rapid development of exciting and truly sustainable design ideas, from architecture to urban design to materials engineering. It seeks to bring together chemists, engineers, architects, designers, academics and policymakers. Chemistry Innovation is a partner and will be running several seminars in conjunction with NEW FRONTIERS

Building Partnerships

Chemistry Innovation will continue to build partnerships with other organisations involved in delivering sustainability agenda.