As the world’s population edges towards 9 billion, the strain on our planet’s resources is progressively increasing. In both the developed and developing world there is a growing demand for food, manufactured goods and improved access to clean water and fuel. The products of human manufacture, even those produced to benefit society, can have negative effects on human health and the environment.
The United Nations General Assembly has addressed these challenges in its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Contributions of chemistry, both in science and industries, are indispensable to meet the SDGs but such efforts will only be successful if they contribute in a sustainable and not just green manner to sustainability.