Introducing Climate Smart Engineering Conference 2022
On behalf of Engineers Australia, we invite you to join us for our Climate Smart Engineering (CSE) Conference, an in-person and online event to be held on 22-23 November 2022. The CSE Conference builds on the success of last year’s inaugural event which heard keynote speeches from globally influential climate-leaders such as Al Gore and Paul Polman among many others.
This year’s conference will shine a light on projects that have industry leading sustainability credentials and can highlight the ways in which the engineering profession can better manage the complex challenges of achieving net zero emissions as soon as is practicable. Our CPD program research has found that three quarters of the issues engineers are wanting to know more about in order to work sustainably relate to five areas: knowledge, policy, economics, leadership, and standards.
Engineers are at the forefront of change, and currently we are working in a largely unstructured environment characterised by uncertainty. There is a great opportunity for us to facilitate the development of the frameworks, systems and standards that sustainable engineering practices require.
There is a growing scientific consensus that the technological solutions to addressing climate change already exist, though there is still much work to be done to make some of them technically and commercially feasible. It is up to us as engineers to advocate for the appropriate policy settings and coordinated strategic planning to accelerate their adoption at both pace and scale. In support of these outcomes, the profession must come together to break down silos and engage in the bold and multi-disciplinary conversations needing to be had in order for engineers to practice more sustainably. This may mean becoming more familiar with new knowledge areas, such as carbon accounting, automation and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) responsibilities. Such skills will strengthen engineers’ ability to pitch more sustainable business cases.
Engineers are the champions of sustainable solutions. With Engineers Australia’s 114,000 members, we are leading the climate conversation through the CSE initiative to work through the requirements to get to net zero emissions. We invite you to continue this important work with us.
Jane MacMaster FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER MRAeS
Dr Nick Fleming BE(Hons) PhD FIEAust CPEng EngExec NER APEC Engineer IntPE(Aus) GAICD
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