Net Zero project launches with IOM3 and the National Engineering Policy Centre

5 May 2020

IOM3 and the National Engineering Policy Centre to provide advice to government on challenges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

IOM3 has joined up with the National Engineering Policy Centre, led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with a diverse range of experts to provide agile and continued advice to government to help address the long-term global threat posed by climate change and support its goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Engineering has a vital role to play in creating systems and solutions to address the climate crisis. The UK government faces urgent and difficult decision-making across engineering-driven economic sectors such as energy, construction and transport. Engineers from every discipline are the people who will design, build, retrofit, operate and make safe the infrastructure and technologies that will enable a decarbonised UK to become a reality.

The National Engineering Policy Centre has assembled a diverse group of experts from organisations including IOM3, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering & Technology, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Energy Institute and the British Academy. The group forms a forum for debate and will draw heavily on insights and perspectives from an even wider range of expertise from engineering and other disciplines such as social and system sciences as needed.

Sophie Parsons, IOM3 Strategic Advisor and Lecturer at the University of Bath, UK, who has more than 10 years' experience in carbon footprinting and life cycle assessment, is representing IOM3 on the working group. Dr Parsons said, ‘I’m very excited to be representing the materials, minerals and mining communities in this important and highly timely activity. Now, more than ever, a practical pathway to decarbonisation is needed – one which is grounded in systems thinking and a life cycle perspective. The materials cycle and resource efficiency sit at the very heart of this shift towards a low carbon economy’

The UK engineering community benefits from world-leading expertise in planning and designing these services and can apply systems thinking, creativity and problem-solving to provide advice on how to decarbonise them.

IOM3 CEO Colin Church welcomed this new initiative, ‘Working to help professionals in the materials, minerals and mining communities be heroes of the transition to a low-carbon, resource-efficient society is at the core of what IOM3 is about. Being able to bring their expertise to bear in this work via Dr Parson’s involvement is a concrete example of how we can do that’

The following topic areas will be covered:

  • Rebuilding after COVID-19 – recommendations for a recovery that puts us on track for net zero

  • Net zero explained – how the UK’s climate target fits into the global sustainability challenge

  • Priority actions and upcoming decision points – understanding which policies are ‘low regrets’ solutions

  • Decarbonising construction – tackling the operation and supply chain of one of the most difficult sectors

  • Localised decarbonization – addressing climate at the local and regional level through decentralised systems planning

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