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

  • 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.

  • Water: Drought and Flood

    This summer has presented the UK with the hottest and driest summer since 1976, a year well remembered for melting tarmac and long, hot summer’s days.

  • Energy from gas: taking a whole system approach

    Government and industry should boost investment in technology to promote the use of hydrogen as a way of storing energy, which would make the UK energy system greener and more efficient

  • "Smart cities: technology friend or foe?"

    Urbanisation is a principal characteristic of modern human life.

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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