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The key themes of mechanical engineering

The Institution has a clear understanding of the challenges and opportunities ahead, along with a vision for the future. We're communicating this through our five key themes, which reflect the issues most relevant to society and our members.


We promote sustainable energy use and engineering sustainable supply.  We need to share knowledge, change the way we behave and drive advances in technology to reduce the strain on the world’s resources. We champion the development of more sustainable sources of energy which will also help reduce emissions.


We promote economic growth while adapting to the demands of climate change, global population growth and the depletion of natural resources.  We need to minimise waste, pollution and our impact on the world around us. We must also adapt the way we do things to cope with the climate changes that are already underway.


We promote safe, efficient transport systems to ensure less congestion and emissions.  To advance, travel must be made cleaner, safer and easier. That means creating a better understanding of global transport supply and demand, while keeping a sharp focus on the implications on carbon emissions.  


Supporting product innovation, developing a nation’s economic growth and increasing global trade.  Through campaigns to government such as Engineered in Britain, we show that a growing and thriving manufacturing sector will provide future economic growth, wealth and prosperity.



We must inspire young people to become the engineers of the future. We will help prepare engineers to respond to society’s challenges and support their development.

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