How to reach Sustainability in Nanofabrication

The NanoFabNet has published its ‘NanoFabNet Strategy & Implementation Roadmap for Sustainability in Nanofabrication’.

Building on the NanoFabNet Report on the Concepts & Disciplines of Sustainability in Nanotechnology & Nanofabrication’ (published in October 2020), in which the NanoFabNet Concept of Sustainable Nanofabrication was introduced, and its three main working areas were identified and described as the three main Pillars of the Concept (i.e. 

(a) Environment, Health & Safety issues, 

(b) Life Cycle Sustainability issues, and

(c) Ethics & Governance issues), 

this Strategy provides a set of recommendations that guide both the formation of a collaborative, interdisciplinary expert community for sustainable nanofabrication, and the adoption of sustainability into nanofabrication processes and products in four dimensions:

  • Raising Awareness of Sustainability
  • Compliance with Regulation and Legislation
  • Implementation of Sustainability Indicators
  • Building Support and Engagement for Sustainability Criteria

The authors not that ‘[t]he different suggested actions and recommendations cannot be considered as totally independent of each other. […] This strategy and implementation roadmap thus appears as a collective task, where each category of stakeholders has both a specific and a collective role to play: interaction and engagement can be mentioned as its key messages to be retained.’

Diagram summarising the actions and recommendations of the NanoFabNet strategy and implementation roadmap for sustainability in nanofabrication.

The ‘NanoFabNet Strategy & Implementation Roadmap for Sustainability in Nanofabrication’ is the third document published by the NanoFabNet, in preparation for the launch of the NanoFabNet Hub, planned for the summer of 2022; the Hub aims to provide a one-stop-shop for all matters and concerns about sustainable nanofabrication and its successful incorporation into the complex, large-scale high-value industries by bringing together governmental and academic laboratories with large industries and SMEs.

In total, the following six NanoFabNet reports will set the basis for a successful implementation of sustainable nanofabrication across all relevant sectors: