The European Association for Chemical and Molecular Science, EuCheMS, is organising a conference in Malta on the theme From Waste to Health – Use of Chemicals by the Pharmaceutical Industry for the Circular Economy. The Dean of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Malta, Professor Emanuel Sinagra, said EuCheMS organises a conference in every country holding the Presidency of the Council of the European Union, with a discussion which can help in the drawing up of new policies for EU countries.
Environment Minister Jose’ Herrera stated that dangerous waste generated by the pharmaceutical industry required extensive space for its disposal. Dr Herrera stressed that Malta’s only choice for disposal of chemical waste was to export it. Dr Herrera added that if researchers come up with innovative systems for disposal or even recycling of dangerous waste in a resource, Malta would consider adopting new practices viable to the country.
The EuChMS, which is the voice in Europe for more than 160,000 chemists form 40 countries, launched a public consultation some time ago on a concept which uses solar energy instead of gas, oil or coal for the sustainable production of chemicals. This innovative concept results in a reduction of atmospheric pollution, and provides environmental, social and economic benefits.