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Reports

Reports from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers are produced within the context of its strategic themes of Education, Energy, Environment, Manufacturing and Transport, and its vision of ‘Improving the world through engineering’.

For more information on any of the reports below, please contact Richard Campbell at r_campbell@imeche.org.

 

2014

   

Voice of the Profession 2013

This is an overview of media coverage and political activity by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers during 2013. The overview focuses on the year’s key reports, events and projects.

 

2013

 

 

Natural Disasters Report: Saving Lives Today, Building Resilience for Tomorrow

This report examines the three key aspects of disaster response and the need for engineers to be at the heart of efforts to reduce the impact of these events, from initial humanitarian aid through to building resilience for the future.



 

 Manufacturing a successful economy 2013

This report looks at the views of the public and people working in manufacturing about the UK's manufacturign sector.

 

 

Voice of the Profession 2012

This is an overview of media coverage and political activity by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers during 2012. The overview focuses on the year’s key reports, events and projects.

Global Food: Waste Not, Want Not

With the global population estimated to reach 9.5 billion by 2075, mankind needs to ensure it has the food resources available to feed all these people. With current practices wasting up to 50% of all food produced, engineers need to act now and promote sustainable ways to reduce waste from the farm to the supermarket and to the consumer.



 

Engineering Heritage Awards

The new 3rd edition of the Engineering Heritage Awards book has now been published, containing over 80 sites and artefacts recognised by the Institution as exemplars of the UK’s industrial heritage.

 

2012

Sports Engineering: An unfair advantage?

This report examines the influence and use of engineering in sport, focusing on those featuring in the Olympic Games. It investigates the UK’s role as a world leading sports engineering research centre and looks at the future technologies which are set to revolutionise sport.




Engineered in Britain Survey 2012 

This survey, produced by the Institution under its Engineered in Britain campaign, sought the views of 1,000 engineers working in the manufacturing and 1,000 members of the public on a range of political, economic and manufacturing questions. The membership element of the survey was undertaken by MSS Research with ICM conducting the public research.


 

Intelligent Transport, Intelligent Society?

This report examines different types of Intelligent Transport Systems and the potential economic, safety and environmental benefits from their development.




Voice of the Profession 2011

This is an overview of media coverage and political activity by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers during 2011. The overview focuses on the year’s key reports, events and projects.

     

 

2011

 

Scottish Energy 2020?

This report examines the engineering viability of the Scottish Government’s commitment to generate 30% of energy from renewable sources by 2020, the issues of intermittency and fuel poverty.

 

Aero 2075: Flying into a Bright Future? (Part 1&2)

Do aeroplanes need reinventing? Over the next 50 years, increased demand for air travel, combined with economic and environmental pressures, will create a tipping point for game-changing aircraft designs to move from the drawing-board into production.
Today, the UK is second only to the USA in global aerospace market share. But with long development cycles for new aeroplanes, are we ready to compete in a future where aircraft design and technology will be radically different?
   


Meeting the Challenge: Demand and Supply of Engineers in the UK

This report outlines evidence regarding current shortages of graduate engineers. The challenge of forecasting numerical demand for graduate engineers in the UK, not just in engineering, is highlighted in the context of an increasingly complex and rapidly changing global economy. Problems faced in supplying sufficient engineering graduates to meet a future demand are explored. A distinction is drawn between skills shortages and skills gaps.

   

Engineered in Britain Survey 2011

This survey, produced by the Institution under its Engineered in Britain campaign, sought the views of 1,000 engineers working in the manufacturing and 1,000 members of the public on a range of political, economic and manufacturing questions. The membership element of the survey was undertaken by MSS Research with ICM conducting the public research.

   
 

Population: one planet, too many people?

This report has two parts. The first presents projections of change in global population through to the end of the 21st century. The second part outlines what engineers need to do to meet the key challenges of this future world to ensure the provision of food, water, shelter and energy in support of continued human progress.

 

2010

 

IMechE Volcanic Ash Report

This report has been written by a working party of Institution members in order to analyse the technical details behind the closures of airspace over Europe due to the eruption of Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, and to suggest what needs to be done to avoid similar difficulties in the future.

   
 

When STEM: A question of age?

Ensuring a long-term adequate supply of engineers is vital for the continued and sustainable health, wealth and security of the UK.

The engineering community expends considerable resources trying to engage with the next generation of potential engineers by enhancing STEM education. But if a greater proportion of its resources were applied to a specific age range, would it have a more beneficial and longer-lasting effect on the perceptions, interests, study choices and career decisions of young people? If so, what is that age range and how should we use our finite resource to best effect?

   
 

Nuclear build - A vote of no confidence

With only forty years to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 80%, the UK Government has recognised the need for a new nuclear build programme. This will provide the extra electricity needed to help transition sectors, such as transport and built environment, to low carbon alternatives. However, until the nuclear industry is fully confident that the Government is committed to a long-term nuclear future, it is unlikely to commit the billions of pounds of investment needed for a new wave of nuclear power stations.

This report proposes a number of recommendations which could help bridge the confidence gap between industry and Government and help the nation achieve its long-term low-carbon targets.


 

2009


UK 2050 Energy Plan

The UK has committed to ambitious targets for the reduction of greenhouse gases by 2050. It is the Government’s intention to pursue these targets vigorously at the COP15 negotiations in Copenhagen in December.

This report by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers presents an energy plan for the UK that will make that commitment a reality.

   
 

Low Carbon Vehicles: Driving the UKs transport revolution

The transport sector is responsible for 24% of all CO2 emissions in the UK with the overwhelming majority produced by road vehicles. For the UK to achieve its 80% national reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050, the transport sector will need to find radical ways to reduce its emission levels over the next 40 years.

This report provides an overview of the many alternative types of engine technology currently being developed. In addition, the report will outline a number of recommendations for Government and industry which need to be addressed if the consumer is to break its fossil fuel habit.

   
 

Climate Change: Have we lost the battle?

With only four decades to go, the UK is already losing the climate change mitigation battle. The greenhouse gas emission targets set by the Government require a rate of reduction that has never been achieved by even the most progressive nations in the world.

If the UK is realistically going to reach an outcome equivalent to a reduction of 80% by 2050, we need to start mapping out an alternative solution using all engineering methods possible and not only relying on mitigation.

   
 

Geo-engineering: Giving us the time to act?

Our planet is getting hotter due to climate change. Governments from around the world continue to debate the best ways to mitigate these changes but with little real success. As time runs out to implement CO2 emission reduction plans, could geo-engineering give us those few extra years we need?

This report assesses three possible geo-engineering approaches and outlines a roadmap where mitigation, adaptation and geo-engineering all play their part in helping us avoid the consequences of dangerous climate change.

   
 

Rail Freight: Getting on the right track?

Over the last 50 years, most of the UK’s freight has been transported by road.  However, with increasing congestion on our roads and an 80% cut in CO2 emissions below 1990 levels by 2050, is this the time to be considering the value of rail to move goods around our nation?

This report examines the advantages and challenges to this question and highlights the need for a holistic rail strategy to meet the needs of the railway passenger and freight sectors on our network.

   
 

Climate Change: Adapting to the Inevitable?

This report has two parts. The first part outlines the possible climate changes which we may expect over the next 1,000 years due to continuing CO2 emissions. The second part of the report outlines what engineers need to do to adapt to our future world so that we can cope with these changes.

 

2008


Marine Energy: More than just a drop in the Ocean

This report focuses on the barriers for commercialising the marine energy market in Scotland along with the current and future funding of marine energy projects. It makes recommendations on how this important renewable energy resource can best be developed and supported to provide for Scotland’s energy future.

   
 

Energy from Waste: A Wasted Opportunity?

This report focuses on the benefits of the UK creating an Energy from Waste network which would help power the nation and reduce the need for landfill.

   
 

Low Carbon Mobility: A Sustainable Future for Transport

This report aims to establish what environmental advantage rail holds over alternative modes of transport, what scope for improvement there is for the environmental performance of the current transport system, and what the most cost effective policy actions are that the UK government could take to reduce transport-related CO2 emissions.


 

 

 

 

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