The Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence (GCCE) 
has significant experience of initiating, administering and running national and international networks bringing together researchers working in complementary areas to further a wide-range of different aspects of green and sustainable chemistry.



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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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G2C2 is a global network connecting established and fledgling green chemistry centres initially established in 2013. The aim is to promote green chemistry in academia, industry and policy through mutually supportive development in the following areas:

  • Networking
  • Education
  • Outreach
  • Industrial collaboration
  • Funding opportunities
  • Policy advancement

 Map of members of the G2C2 network



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. 

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