Industrial Green Chemistry World

Profitability from Industrial Green Chemistry and Engineering

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IGCW-2013 Expo

India, like the rest of the world, has a huge responsibility to tackle pollution and waste. Although the enactments are in place, we are still experiencing the consequences of pollution. We are not there to a place we can call as ‘zero pollution’. We are yet to manage our waste like nature does and to learn to be as efficient as it is. The people should be educated about the problems and be provided with the tools to address it. Awareness is the first step towards resolving a problem. It is then followed by asking the right questions. If Newton hadn’t wondered why the apple fell from the tree, the world could have been very different now, it may not even have aero planes for us to fly on. With the right questions, one has to experiment, experiments leads to results. To see if the results are in our favor, one has to observe. One then needs to communicate, big problems need many hands. Brainstorming around the problem and then back to asking questions. This cycle, this churning will give rise to vital information and knowledge that will help us to create solutions.

Cycle of knowledge creation

This cycle is not just limited to laboratories but it requires a team effort of people from diverse backgrounds: chemists, chemical engineers, environment specialists, ecologists, entrepreneurs, government bodies, universities etc. This means it needs a common ground for all of them to communicate, share, talk, brainstorm ideas and come to a resolution of common issues. This is what Industrial Green Chemistry World (IGCW) does. It is an incubator for new ideas to emerge, an ecosystem for creating value for chemical companies by providing and seeking relevant services, technologies, expertise & solutions. It is like a pump that throws all the brainstorming, all the conversations towards the direction of prioritizing sustainability and environmental safety, driving implementation of green chemistry and green engineering. This is where the knowledge providers meet the knowledge seekers.

IGCW EXPO : platform for commercial expansion of GC&E based technologies

IGCW-2013 Expo is just one aspect of it. The 3rd IGCW-EXPO will bring together around 50 solutions and technology providers from all over the globe to partner with you in resolving your- immediate, short-term, mid-term or long term industrial green chemistry and engineering based requirements.


50 solutions would mean 50 stalls in the exhibition space. If we have to do some number crunching, we could deduce the following, which of course has no upper or lower limits to it. Let’s start with the assumption that a single stall can have 6 meaningful conversations for the period of 6 hours. Over the length of 3 days, it would mean 18 total meaningful conversations. Multiply that with 50 and you have 900 meaningful conversations. At IGCW, we value quality and hence it doesn’t harbor more than 50 stalls, so that anyone who attends it takes away something that would make a change, which would help resolve the environmental issues.

IGCW will cover a myriad of areas like green processes. Among all, Newreka Green Synth Technologies Pvt. Ltd. has the “Recycle @ SourceTM Solution to present. Recycle@SourceTM is a simple method to recycle all the effluent streams of process back to its source without contaminating or degrading product quality. Other areas include green solvents, green catalysts, green engineering, green services, green publications, green measurements.

Our previous exhibitors:

Advanced Enzymes, ACS- Green Chemistry Institute, Beyond Benign, Chemistry in Nature, Deven Supercriticals Pvt. Ltd. (DSPL), Equinox Software & Services Pvt. Ltd., Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, York University, RSC – Green Chemistry Leading Journal, Microinnova Engineering GmbH, Newreka Green SynthTM Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Warner Babcock Institute of Green Chemistry, TCI Chemicals (India) Pvt. Ltd., Zeon Corporation.



Green Chemistry & You – Promises and impact

The future of the world is dependent on ‘going green’, we cannot agree any less. The need of the hour is environmental consciousness.

The revolution has begun at a consumer level, and as manufacturers we need to be aware as well. How often have we asked our ‘sellers’ while buying our soaps and shampoos or while shopping heavily dyed apparels or ever intervened our doctors who prescribe us medicines- “what is the ecological footprint of my choice”, or to simply put what is the e-factor of the product in my shopping cart. E-factor is one of the most obvious matrices, which helps calculate the Kgs of waste that got generated while manufacturing one Kg of the finished product. How often to we want to know about the toxicology of the chemicals that have gone into the making of our detergents, plastics, foam?

This awareness will bring us closer to the world of Green chemistry. It may sound dichotomous at first but it is possible. Green Chemistry ensures that our manufacturing process uses environmentally friendly, sustainable chemicals and processes. The aim is reduced waste, non toxic outputs, and zero or at least highly reduced pollution and of course, hopefully, zero environmental damage. Green chemical processes is the now and the future. It innovates and encourages products and processes that can sustain the environment while enabling us to make inherently safe choices.

Yes, as a buyer, we can drive what is being sold to us and thus demand our priorities, which must include environmental safety and ecological inclusiveness. The processes that are used for the manufacture of generic APIs or Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients and its intermediates already generate substantial pollution. This pollution is what leads to an unhealthy environment and therefore unhealthy human beings. This leads to the need for newer types and quantities of APIs that consequently result in more pollution! The cycle needs to be stopped and even reversed! More and more companies are now legally and morally obliged to uphold the principles of green chemistry, but there is rarely a formal policy. So are we truly on a path to achieve sustainable green chemistry practices?

The way forward to encourage implementation of green chemistry in real world conditions requires it to work closer with real world engineering. 

Safer practices and products will give manufacturingan edge when it comes to

  • Reducing the cost of waste management
  • Simplifying compliance with environmental law
  • Creating safer workplaces, and
  • Curbing pollution.

Imagine the energy that can be saved, the water that will not get wasted, the tonnes of waste that will not be created. To cause this, we simply have to ask and voice our choices.