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

  • Rising Seas: the Engineering Challenge

    In essence, the engineering challenge of designing for rising seas and the associated risk of coastal flooding is rooted in instability.

  • Exploring the Evolution of Low-Carbon Local Energy

    The nature of local energy is changing fast. Instead of single technology projects that generate heat and/or electricity, we are now seeing more joined-up schemes that might involve energy storage, smart demand management, and more consumer engagement.

  • Engineering priorities for our future economy and society

    The National Engineering Policy Centre connects policymakers with critical engineering expertise to inform and respond to policy issues of national importance.

  • The Future for hydrogen trains in the UK

    The challenges of decarbonising our energy system are becoming increasingly difficult.

  • Engineering out fashion waste

    Annual growth in global demand for clothing is projected to increase from 1.5% in 2016 to between 3.5 and 4.5% by the end of 2018, and is likely to continue to grow beyond this.

Comment and analysis

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Engineering Policy Unit 

Our Engineering Policy Unit works closely with members to raise the profile of engineers and engineering potential, to generate discussion and provide thought leadership.

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