Information seminar "Sound chemicals management and chemical leasing"

On February 6, 2020, Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute hosted an information seminar on "Sound chemicals management and chemical leasing" organized by the Centre of Resource Efficient and Clean Production (hereinafter - the Centre) with the support of Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute.

The seminar was attended by representatives of enterprises and universities, including Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine and others.

Director of the Center Andriy Vorfolomeev informed the participants of the meeting about one more additional direction of the Center's activity such as rational management of chemicals (RMC- concept). The concept of sound management, sustainable production and use of chemicals is to organize a systematic approach to the prevention, reduction and elimination of risks during the life cycle of chemicals; use of best management practices for chemicals and additional research; development in the direction of cleaner production and "green" chemistry.

Alexander Khokhotva, one of the experts of the Center's chemical management team explained more about RMC-concept, its principles and basics, as well as its use in the world. Many new things were learned by the audience from the part of his presentation, which was devoted to chemical leasing (CHL), a new business model of service offering new forms of payment for chemicals. Thanks to its application, the economic interest of all participants in the process focuses on optimizing processes and reducing the use of chemicals. As for the essence of chemical leasing, the main thing is to establish a sustainable relationship between the supplier (manufacturer or distributor), who is competent in the innovative use of various chemicals, and the consumer, who is competent in production processes and products. In addition to chemicals, the supplier provides the customer with a service to optimize their use. And the consumer does not pay for the volume of substances received, but for the effect obtained from it.

The supplier and the consumer have the same interests, as they are both interested in achieving better results using the smallest amount of chemicals. This model therefore provides a combination of motivations, for both the supplier and the consumer "the less is the better". Chemical leasing is used in the production of electronic equipment (powder paints), metal processing (substances for galvanic and phosphate coating), water treatment (substances for water treatment), petrochemical industry (catalysts and chemicals for water treatment), printing (ink, printed chemicals), agriculture (pesticides and fertilizers), etc. There are already 14 demonstration projects in the world for CHL implementation.

Branko Dunjić, Chief Technical Adviser for the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project, presented the World Chemical Leasing Award 2020. He outlined the terms and conditions of participation in the competition; categories by which one can apply for the prize; deadline for applications (until 15 May 2020), etc. Mr. Dunjić noted the new opportunities of the Award in 2020, which provide participants with an additional chance to win in three subcategories: "Women Managed Initiatives", "Startup Projects" and "Champion of Chemical Leasing A vivid illustration of the foregoing was the story about the success in the contest of the World Award for Chemical Leasing 2018 of the Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University, which received a gold award and a cash prize in the category "Scientific Research". It was shared by Associate Professor of the Department of General Ecology and Ecotrophology of this university Tatiana Grabovska. This example showed that the chances of winning the competition for domestic enterprises and universities are quite real.

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