Environment theme


Promoting economic growth while mitigating and adapting to climate change and the depletion of natural resources is key to a flourishing economy.

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.

Read more about our Environment theme.

reports and policy statements

  • Challenges for Water Use in UK Industry

    This short analysis explores the way we use water in industry, how it is managed and presents a case study about how we can treat water differently so that the UK water industry can contribute to achieving the sustainable development goals for 2030.

  • UK Onshore Well Integrity Report

    This joint report details the existing regulations and guidelines relating to well integrity on the UK mainland for oil and gas exploration and production, including shale gas.

  • Catchment management in the water industry

    We discuss the impact of regulation of the water industry, including the unintended consequences of sustainable treatment.

  • The Life Cycle Assessment: Road Vehicle Emissions Measurement

    This policy statement looks at current measures in place to reduce vehicle emissions, and how ‘Life Cycle Assessment’ (LCA), by examining all the stages of a car’s life, could improve upon the current methodology.

  • Geo-engineering: Giving us the time to act?

    This report argues that geo-engineering could be another potential component in our approach to climate change that could provide the world with extra time to decarbonise the global economy.

Comment and analysis

Dr Jenifer Baxter

Dr Jenifer Baxter

Head of Engineering Policy

Dr Jenifer Baxter joined the Institution in May 2015. Jenifer works closely with members to raise the profile of engineers and engineering potential, to generate discussion and provide thought leadership.

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