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EI President joins net zero engineering advisory group

A new group established to provide expert engineering advice to the UK government on meeting its goal of reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has outlined its planned work programme.

Part of the National Engineering Policy Centre, and led by the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Energy Institute is playing a key role. EI President Steve Holliday FREn FEI is on the working group alongside diverse experts drawn from other bodies including the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

Engineering has a vital role to play in developing systems and solutions to address the climate emergency. The UK government faces urgent and difficult decision-making across engineering-driven economic sectors including energy.

'Net zero calls for big, bold, informed decisions,' Holliday said. 'Not a hair shirt economy, but one where human ingenuity and technology combine to help us enjoy fulfilling, sustainable lives. Engineering will be at the heart of this.'

Commenting on how the pandemic might affect the net zero challenge, he said;'COVID-19 has wreaked personal and economic tragedy. But it could yet lead to something positive too, if we’re smart with how we emerge from it. We must not squander this opportunity to rebuild our economies in a more sustainable way that averts future shocks to our way of life.'

More information about the project is at https://bit.ly/2SYISx0

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