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Next Generation Environmental Technologies (NGETs) focus on the redesign, at the molecular level, of manufacturing processes and products, with the aim of reducing or eliminating the use of hazardous materials. This report examines the research, development, and commercialization of NGETs, many derived from "green chemistry." The report also assesses benefits of NGETs and outlines ways to reduce barriers to their development and implementation. In addition to the main report, an appendix examines 25 case studies of NGETs that span a range of development, from early research to full use in profitable businesses. The authors find that, although green chemistry can be a powerful source of environmentally and economically beneficial technologies, the development of these NGETs is still in its infancy; substantial work is needed to create new NGETs and to encourage their use.
Table of Contents
All Prefatory Materials PDF
What Are Next Generation Environmental Technologies? PDF
Mechanisms for Gaining the Benefits from NGETs PDF
Lessons from Case Studies PDF
Longer-Term Opportunities for NGETs PDF
Conclusions and Observations PDF
Descriptions of the 25 Case Studies PDF
Government Policies and Increased Adoption of NGETs PDF
Opportunities for Further Study: Additional Cases from the First International Conference on Green & Sustainable Chemistry, Tokyo, March 2003 PDF