Chemical leasing

The fifth Global Chemical Leasing Award ceremony will be held on 15 September 2021 from 15:00 - 16:15 CET in a hybrid format. The award acknowledges best practices, innovative approaches and ideas related to chemical leasing and similar performance-based business models for sustainable chemicals management, inspiring companies and individuals around the globe to rethink how they operate with chemicals. The jury has received 92 applications from 20 countries. The winners will be announced in the following categories:

  • Case studies (for companies that apply chemical leasing)
  • Innovation (technical solutions)
  • Research
  • Women-led initiatives
  • Start-ups

In addition, a special jury recognition “Chemical Leasing Frontrunners” will be given to companies that demonstrate the long-standing commitment to chemical leasing. 

The list of finalists can be found here.

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  • General event information
  • How to attend the Ceremony
  • About the Chemical Leasing model
  • When: 15 September 2021 at 15:00 - 16:45 CET.

    Where: Youtube livestream (a direct livestream link, together with the final agenda, will be sent to the participants several days prior to the event)

    Organizers: UNIDO, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology; the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety, the German Environment Agency; the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment, and the European Association of Chemical Distributors.

    Background: The first Global Chemical Leasing Award was organized in 2010, and was followed by ceremonies in 2012, 2014 and 2018. Since 2004, UNIDO has been pioneering and promoting the chemical leasing concept with the direct support of its Member States.

    Contact: For any further questions, please reach out to us via Email.

    Draft even programme is available here.

    More details are available here.

  • Attending the ceremony is free and open for different audience: representatives of industry (companies and SMEs, users and suppliers of chemicals) and NGOs, researchers, consultants, policy makers, individuals interested in topics related to sustainable chemicals management, innovative business models, performance-based business approaches, circular economy, strategies and tools towards sustainability.  

    Please register here

  • Chemical Leasing is a performance-based business model for sustainable chemicals management. Performance based business models related to chemicals can be called and branded in companies differently, even if being identical or similar to this model.

    Chemical Leasing aims at a more efficient use of chemicals in the production process by redefining the business relationship between the chemical user and the supplier. In the Chemical Leasing model, the supplier does not sell quantities; the supplier sells the function/performance of the chemical. The model aligns the interests and motivations of partners, and helps achieve a win-win situation for them and the environment. More information is available here.

"Chemical Leasing actually requires a modest amount of efforts compared to the benefits that can be achieved. It continues to revolutionize the way we do business with chemicals, and addresses the urgent need to reduce the impact of chemicals production and consumption on the environment, water and human health."

-  Stephan Sicars, Managing Director, UNIDO Directorate of Environment and Energy