The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence prides itself in the development of core partnerships stemming from public engagement to networking on a global scale.  

It is the hub for a number of important networks that bring together academics, industrialists and other interested individuals and groups from around the world:


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Transnational Cooperation for Responsible Production from Food Waste

The World Food Waste Network facilitates the interactions of researchers and industry contacts across multiple disciplines including chemistry, biology, biotechnology, food technology and engineering in order to form a pool of experts aiming to develop the use of food supply chain waste for bio-chemicals, bio-materials and bio-fuels.

They work together on over 120 different types of waste in the following areas: Pre-treatment and Extraction; Bioprocessing; Chemical Processing; and Technical and Sustainability Assessment.

The World Food Waste Network is an evolution network of COST EUBIS - Food Waste Valorisation for Sustainable Chemicals, Materials and Fuels. This was an EU-wide network of research institutions and industrial partners across 30 European countries, with international links in Hong Kong and Brazil.


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CO2Chem is an EPSRC Grand Challenge Network. CO2Chem brings together academics, industrialists and policy makers over a wide range of disciplines to consider the utilisation of carbon dioxide as a single carbon chemical feedstock for the production of value added products.

Network activities are geared towards the founding of strong cross-disciplinary research clusters that will lead research in this increasingly important area.

Although it was started as a UK network, CO2Chem quickly grew into an international network, currently our membership is 40% international and growing. CO2Chem is the largest worldwide carbon dioxide utilization network (CDU).

CO2Chem is free to join and provides networking opportunities, runs conferences and meetings, provides regular news and funding updates, publishes reports and creates informational videos, researches public perception of CDU and has a policy and advocacy role.

CO2Chem is co-chaired by Professor Mike North of the GCCE.


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The Global Green Chemistry network was created following a gathering of leaders in Green Chemistry from India, Brazil, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom in December 2013. Our goal is to connect established and fledgling Green Chemistry Centres the world over, with an emphasis on: 

  • Networking and Conferences
  • Education and Outreach
  • Funding Opportunities: Fellowships, Travel and Research

G2C2 was formerly the Green Chemistry Network (GCN), which was established in 1998 by Prof. James Clark, with funding from the Royal Society of Chemistry.  


 Map of members of the G2C2 network

More information can be found at:


NORSC (Northern Sustainable Chemistry)

NORSC is an alliance between the Chemistry departments of Durham, Leeds, Newcastle and York Universities. This coalition seeks to enhance the combined research potential through collaboration to deliver research above and beyond the capability of individual departments from the member institutions.‌



The Network of Early-career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (NESSE) is a global interdisciplinary support network of early-career scientists who are striving to tackle today’s environmental and energy challenges and help the move towards a more sustainable future. NESSE are a network of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and young professionals working in companies with interests in developing sustainable technologies.

By using this network members are encouraged to share knowledge and resources, forge collaborations, and find solutions towards making their research and its outcomes greener and more sustainable. In addition, the network helps promote the incorporation of sustainable science practices into graduate and undergraduate curriculum to ensure that the next generation is equipped with the tools required to solve environmental challenges in the future. The mission is to communicate the concepts of sustainable science to researchers and students of all levels and fields of study, as well as the general public.

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