Foundation: Background to green chemistry

The twelve principles for the twenty-first century

The twelve principles came to prominence in 1998 [1] and since then the field of green chemistry has grown significantly.  In this video James Clark at the Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence, University of York traces the development of the twelve principles, and discusses how there is now a greater awareness of green issues across the full lifecycle including raw materials and end products, rather than focussing mainly on the processing stage.

  1. P. T. Anastas and J. C. Warner, Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice, Oxford University Press, 1998.