The ISC3 is an initiative of the German Ministry of Environment and the German Federal Environment Agency. As a starting point the Ministry and the Agency established a preparatory project and an Advisory Council in 2015. The official Launch of ISC3 took place in the frame of a high level international Conference on 17th of May in Berlin. The ISC3 is presently hosted by GIZ the German Development cooperation in Bonn.
The establishment of ISC3 is the German contribution to the international processes on the sound management of chemicals and waste and in particular to the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management SAICM. With the establishment of the Centre Germany wants to contribute to an international breakthrough of Sustainable Chemistry.
The intention was from the beginning to establish a neutral international Institution that works with all stakeholders worldwide across sectors and actors. The needs of developing countries will strongly guide the work of ISC3. The new Centre has been presented at numerous conferences, especially during the side events dealing with sustainable chemistry on behalf of the UNEA-2 (Nairobi, May 2016) and of ICCM4 (Geneva, October 2015) and received a lot of international support which was also reflected in the discussions at opening conference in May 2017.
The Advisory Council that supported the ISC3 preparative project with discussions and advice, contacts and connections that derived from the project team of the ISC3 preparative project as well as research work by the project team within the communities of sustainable chemistry and chemicals management. Representatives from universities, international organisations, industrial companies and associations, governments as well as NGOs worked together to make up ISC3. The Advisory Council comprised about 35 members from nearly all continents and from industrialized as well as from developing countries.
ISC3 was established as an open and globally accepted discussion platform of the international sustainable chemistry community. For this purpose, the ISCnet has been established in the frame of the prepatory project as a global network for all stakeholders active or interested in sustainable chemistry. It will help to collect, compile and distribute findings from projects and funding programmes on products, processes and business models. It will also act as a sounding board for the activities, projects and recommendations of the ISC3. Furthermore, it should become an international market place for sustainable chemistry, acting as a contact and cooperation hub.
By introducing ISC3 at a number of global events, many additional supporters have already been invited to join the ISCnet.