Marc Taillefer of the Institut Charles Gerhardt (ICG) in Montpellier, France, is the 2012 winner of the European Sustainable Chemistry Award (ECSA). Taillefer is recognized for his work in the area of homogeneous catalysis and specifically coupling reactions that form C-C, C-N, C-O and C-P bonds. His Ullmann-type arylations catalysed by copper and iron complexes sidestep the rare and more expensive palladium as the metal component of the catalyst. The ECSA was inaugurated in 2010 by the European Association for Chemical and Molecular Sciences (EuCheMS) to raise the profile of sustainable chemistry and be a spur to innovation and competitiveness. It is encouraged by the European Environment Agency (EEA) and backed by the European Platform for Sustainable Chemistry (SusChem) and the European Chemical Industry Association (CEFIC).