The international joint unit, Eco-Efficient Products and Process Laboratory, E2P2L (UMI 3464 CNRS/Solvay), is a unique international research entity dedicated to renewable and sustainable chemistry. It is based in Shanghai and strives to develop innovative eco-efficient products and environmental benign processes capable of reducing our dependence on oil and fossil resources.
E2P2L was set up in November 2011 by the French National Scientific Center (CNRS), Solvay, the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (ENS Lyon) and the East China Normal University (ECNU). In 2013, the University of Lille Sciences et Technologies and the University of Fudan also joined the research consortium.
E2P2 is a unique international hub in China bringing together both top universities from France and China along with a European industrial partners having a strong footprint in China. Such consortium allows to tackle ambitious projects targets that can benefit both Europe and China in the field of sustainable chemistry.
EcoChem is a network of French and Chinese researchers working in catalysis and synthesis. In 2014 they launched the internationally renowned FC2GChem "French-Chinese Conference on Green Chemistry" conference. These series of conferences bring together the academic and industrial communities, with the East China Normal University (ECNU) as the main Chinese academic partner. Other organisations such as the Société Chimique de France, the Chinese Chemical Society, the French embassy and the Chinese embassy or the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region for instance, also support the organisation of this event.
The FC2GChem conference gathers Chinese and French scientists from the industrial and academic fields and international speakers. During the conference young Chinese Researchers are invited to present their work and one of them receives a prize.
The aim of this event is to highlight the strength of the common achievements and catalyze the efforts among French and Chinese researchers in the field of green chemistry. This particular field of chemistry aims at looking for innovative chemical processes and products which show lower impact, notably with respect to users and manufacturers' safety, life cycle and low toxicity, natural resources preservation and low greenhouse gas emissions. These capital issues for China and France have become the main subject of the conference.