Chemical Leasing

In 2004, with the support of the Government of Austria, UNIDO launched its Global Chemical Leasing Programme, promoting a business model that marks a paradigm shift from the selling of chemical goods to the delivery of chemical services, leading to a more efficient use of chemicals and closed-loop thinking. Instead of selling chemicals in tons or liters, Chemical Leasing partners agree on a value-based unit of payment such as related to the cleaned area in square meters or the number of coated bottles.

In 2017, more than ten years later, there is no doubt that Chemical Leasing can build the business case for Sustainable Chemistry by creating win-win situations for business partners and the environment.

Built on strong cooperation between partners and based on mutual trust, it increases the efficient use of chemicals, reduces the risks to human health brought about by their use, improves the economic and environmental performance of participating companies and ultimately enhances business performance.

On 21 November 2016, the UNIDO-led global and multi-stakeholder initiative on Chemical Leasing achieved another milestone with the signing of the Joint Declaration of Intent on Chemical Leasing between UNIDO, Austria, Germany and Switzerland under the umbrella of UNIDO's 50 Years' anniversary week in Vienna, Austria. The legally non-binding declaration is open for additional partners and aims to increase awareness of chemical leasing at the political level and strengthens the cooperation of the partners in global promotion activities.

UNIDO's Global Chemical Leasing Programme contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and addresses in particular SDG 9, “Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation”. It also relates directly to the SDGs 3, 6, 12 and 13. The initiative is fully in line with SAICM principles and aims to contribute to the Circular Economy movement.

Visit the Programme's website for more details on global Chemical Leasing activities, the Global Chemical Leasing Award, latest news and publications; or explore the recommended methodology to implement Chemical Leasing at the company/policy level in the Chemical Leasing Online Toolkit, available from here.

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Chemical Leasing 4.0 – enhanced approach to implementing Chemical Leasing:

Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals and their targets

Target 3.9 Target 6.3 Target 12.4
“By 2030, substantially reduce the number of deaths and illnesses from hazardous chemicals and air, water and soil pollution and contamination” “By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally” “By 2020, achieve the environmentally sound management of chemicals and all wastes throughout their life cycle, in accordance with agreed international frameworks, and significantly reduce their release to air, water and soil in order to minimize their adverse impacts on human health and the environment”

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