The IET celebrates the first annual World Engineering Day!

04 March 2020


The IET is proud to be supporting the inaugural World Engineering Day on 4th March 2020, after UNESCO approved the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) proposal to declare 4 March as “World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development”.

This is the first international day to celebrate engineering for sustainable development and is an opportunity to promote the profession and raise awareness of its importance, while also encouraging the next generation of engineers.

The IET believes in highlighting the achievements of engineers and engineering in our modern world and wants to improve the public’s understanding of how engineering and technology is fundamental to society and to its sustainable future.

The World Engineering Day logo includes the 17 colours of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, representing a commitment to the UN 2030 Agenda. The colours at the centre of the logo are for the Sustainable Development Goals for Water, Energy, Sustainable Infrastructure and Innovation, which are the main areas where engineers are needed most. The goal for Engineering Education is also central, as the world needs more engineers with the right skills for sustainable development.

James Robottom, Sustainable Planet Lead at the IET, said: “The world is facing one of the most significant challenges it has ever encountered. The responsibility to drastically reduce our impact on the climate, while continuing to develop and prosper in a sustainable way falls on all areas, industries and sections of society. It is without doubt, one of the largest engineering challenges of our time, and one which the IET is determined to support.

Engineers have the skills, insights and ingenuity to help tackle these challenges in ways that optimise efficiency, economy, safety and reliability. As engineers, we are problem-solvers and innovators, with a unique perspective on the world. Most of these challenges are significant, long term and require co-operation, collaboration and action from all over the world. Engineering is central to delivering them.

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